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#FinishItFeb Caroline’s Week 1 Round Up

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Personal Target: Finish two series

Books read this week: None

Total books read: None

Series completed for challenge: None

General feedback:
This week hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped! Unfortunately between illness, my own and my baby’s, work and other commitments I haven’t had the opportunity to even start the challenge.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet. The baby is sleeping so I’m going to take the opportunity to crack open one of those gorgeous hardbacks!
How has your week been?

You can read how well Faye has been getting on this week by clicking here You can also add your round up posts to the linky.

How have you found the first week of the challenge? Its not to late to join the challenge. Check out this post(here) for more details.

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Caroline’s #FinishItFeb 2016 Goals

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Wow! I can’t believe that this is the third year that Faye and I are hosting Finish It February, A month-long event dedicated to reading unfinished books and series.

In 2014 I managed to read four books and finish three series, making a small but satisfying dent in my personal TBR pile.

Last year, with my change in circumstances ( the birth of my third child), my aim was to match 2014’s results and I selected the four books, out of all my unfinished series, I was most desperate to read. Life with a newborn was hectic and I was happy to finish one and half books, completing two series. While this certainly didn’t rank as the most successful reading challenge result, personally it was very satisfying to know that I was still able to carve out a bit of time for myself despite a young family.

Following on from #FinishItFeb 2015 I have found that with a few adjustments, mainly developing a love affair with ebooks, I have been able to include at least an hour of reading in to most days ( who knew that juggling a newborn, two older kids, a husband, job, labrador and house renovations would be so time consuming?! 😉 ). While this is nowhere near the amount a self confessed bookaholic like myself is used to consuming, I find that a little sniffle every day keeps me from going sir crazy.

Although I have managed to reincorporate reading in to my everyday life I haven’t found much time to attend to the blog. If it wasn’t for the contributions of my fellow BBLB team mates, this blog would have fallen in to disrepair over the last two years from neglect. While the focus of this challenge is to catch up on unfinished reads, I am setting myself the personal challenge of writing weekly updates for the duration #FinishItFeb in the hope that It will reignite my passion and help me find space in my life for blogging.

Caroline’s Goals

*Write a goal post– don’t you love an easy task you can quickly cross off of your to do list 😉

*Write and post weekly updates

*Co-host/join at least one #FinishItFeb related Twitter chat

*Finish the Starbound series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
I absolutely loved the first book in this series, so much so that I preordered the second and then the third book. Both books have sat, unread, gathering dust on my TBR since their bubble wrapped arrival on my door mat. I anticipate that this will be the hardest element of my challenge as they are both hardbacks and not as easy as ebooks to read while multitasking.

*Finish the audiobook of Rachel Hartman’s Shadow scale- Audiobooks the perfect multitasking reading tool ( then why haven’t I finished this book?!). I see some looooong dog walks in my future.

Wether your goals are large or small, your TBR mountainous or molehill like, we would love you to join us. You don’t even have to have a blog to participate. Feel free to add your twitter (#FinishItFeb) or Facebook updates to the link below.

If you wish to write a sign-up post, we would be incredibly grateful but it is not mandatory to join the event.
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#FinishItFeb2016

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Hello All!

Today I am happy to share with you all that Caroline and I will be hosting #FinishItFeb again this year!

The idea of #FinishItFeb is to read either books that you’re halfway through and finish them OR to read books that you have left in a series to finish the series!

It will run throughout Feb and is a chance to finish those half-read books and part read series!

To sign up for this fun-filled event, all you need to do is add your link to the linky post below. If you wish to write a sign-up post, we would be incredibly grateful but it is not mandatory to join the event. You do not have to have a blog to participate, feel free to link to your twitter or facebook!

Throughout the event Caroline and I will be posting weekly updates to let you all know how we are doing with this challenge and add a linky to our posts so that you can all link to your own updates as well.

Lastly, if you need any help remembering what happened in the last few books in the series, we recommend you have a look at Recaptains, an incredible blog that sums up what happens in the previous books in a large proportion of series.

Aside from all of that, let’s have some fun!

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BBLB’s Favourites Reads of 2015

A new year begins, which means by definition that another chapter is closed but not forgotten. In spirit of this here are but a few of the books that will be amongst the most memorable to me for 2015.

I’ll be honest and start with stating that to choose an overall favourite is absolutely positively impossible, so you’ll have to settle for one for each category and even that was a struggle!!! No true book lover can have only ONE favourite 😉

Contemporary
Do No Harm by Henry Marsh was my 2015 read contemporary favourite. I know it’s not YA or your average adult read but it was very interesting and thought provoking

Caroline: The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn– Slightly predictable but pee your pants funny!

Faye: Ways to see a ghost by Emily Diamond

Sci-fi
Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series continues to be one of the best sci-fi series I’ve read

Fantasy
I read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas over Christmas after a lot of badgering from our fearless leader Caroline, and the onslaught of messages I sent her after I finished are a mere small symbol of how great this story is. Cannot wait for its sequel!!!

Faye: A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E Schwab

Caroline: It’s a close contest between Uprooted by Naomi Novik and A Darker Shade of Magic.

Romance
The book that I have most simply adored and found unbelievably amazing (and that I have shoved in more people’s faces than I care to admit) has to be hands down Ensnared, the final installment in the fantastic trilogy of Splintered by A.G.Howard.

Caroline: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Faye: Christmas at Lilac Cottage by holly Martin

Daisy: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Diversity
Faye: Aristotle and Dante Discover the sec tests of the universe by Benjamin Alirez Saenz

Caroline: The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Daisy: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Dystopian
I would have to say that The Winner’s Curse series by Marie Rutkoski takes this place. Anxiously awaiting the sequel, feels like a constant state of being with all these brilliant books!!

Crime/Thriller
Although Storm and Stone by Joss Stirling was not published in 2015, I unfortunately only managed to finally work through my forever ending TBR pile and get to it last year so am going to be a little sneaky and use it. Despite not portraying the usual cloak and dagger murder, there is a fair bit of crime, investigating and spying involved and for those of you who have read it I’m sure you’ll agree it more than qualifies for this category

Faye: How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst

Action/Adventure

Faye: The Oatbreakers Shadow by Amy McCullough

Historical

Faye: Catching Falling Stars by Laren McCombie

UKYA author
It has to be The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, who I am very fortunate to have met just prior to reading her book *I know I know horror and shame*

Faye: The Sin Eaters Daughter by Mel Salisbury

Caroline: LOL its a full house! The Sin Eaters Daughter!

Debut Author

Daisy: It wasn’t released in 2015 but my favourite debut read this year has been Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Faye: The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Caroline: The Sin Eaters Daughter by Mel Salisbury

Middle Grade

Faye: Catch A Falling Star by Karen McCombie

Books for Younger children

Faye: Queen Sardine and Princess Persia by Kate Willis-Crowlwy

Caroline: You Can’t Take An Elephant On The Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck and David Tazzyman

Non 2015 read in 2015
Well I feel like I may have already qualified a few books for this category earlier :p buuuuuut seeing as they’ve already been used I’m going to take full advantage to mention yet another one of my many 2015 favourites. This one has to go to Neverland by Anna Katmore.

Faye:Trouble by Non Pratt

Caroline:I had a lot of catching up to do this year! My favourites were The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R Carey, The entire Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo and Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott.

Book in a Series

Faye:Scorch by Gina Damico

Daisy:Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Caroline:The Winners Crime by Marie Rutoski

2015 re-read

Probably one of the easiest choices I’ve had to make so far. Without a shadow of doubt this spot belongs to Easy by Tammara Webber. This has got to be one of the sweetest and loveliest comfort reads I’ve had the pleasure to come across in all my book worming years and cannot help but sneak back to it once in a while.

Caroline: 2015 was the year I introduced my eight year old to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling

Non fiction
This is going to seem a bit of a random choice but bear with me. This last, but not least, category must go to Bonsai Basics by Colin Lewis. I’m urged to pick this book mainly because I’ve had 2 bonsais thus far. The first one (Bing) died a very slow death by lack of watering and general attention. In my defense I had no idea what I was doing and was too busy trying to sort my life out to remember to prune the tiny tree. However I am very proud to say that his successor, known as Groot (some of you will get the reference) is extremely grateful to Colin Lewis as he is very much still alive, green and thriving after a full year of ownership!!! Go Bonsai Basics!!! lol

Daisy: The Amazing Boon is not on fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester

Caroline:The Oxytocin Factor: Tapping the hormone of Calm, Love and Healing by Kerstin Uvnas Moberg

Faye: Colour Me Mindful

Most anticipated read of 2016

It HAS to be the sequel to Sarah J Maas’ A Court Of Thorn and Roses, A Court Of Mist and Fury.

Faye: Probably a toss up between Thicker than Water by Bridget Kemmerer, The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine and A gathering of shadows by V.E Schwab

Caroline: Gah its too hard to pick just one! Mine are all continuations of series I LOVE so, The Raven King by Maggie Stievater, the forth and final book in the Raven Boys series, A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab, book two in the A Darker Shade of Magic series and The Sleeping Prince, book two in the Sin Eaters Daughter Series by Melinda Sailsbury.

Daisy:hmmmmm I’m trying to get hold of 5th Wave (by Rick Yancey) to have a read of because the film’s out soon…

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Blog Tour: The Out Of Orbit Series

We are delighted to welcome self published author, Chele Cooke

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On the planet Os-Veruh, the native Veniche have endured a decade under the oppressive rule of a race of invaders, the Adveni.
When Georgianna Lennox, a Veniche medic, discovers her childhood friend has been sold into slavery, she seeks help from a revolutionary outlaw group.
As Georgianna’s struggle to save one life ignites a battle to liberate her homeworld, is she about to discover that it is better to be dead than ‘buryd’?

Where is your favourite place to write?

I really want an office. I think, if I manage to go full time, I’ll need to make myself an office somewhere. At the moment, I write at a small desk in my bedroom. Forget all that house with a garden and a dog stuff… I just want an office I can organise.

I do like my little desk and it’s currently my favourite place to write. I have spreadsheets and character lists pinned up on the wall in front of it, and with nothing else to distract me, it’s easy to get in the zone there.

Are you a plotter or a panther?

A plotter. Definitely a plotter. I pantsed for almost ten years and rarely finished anything. Then, one year for NaNoWriMo, my friend and I switched. I had to plan, she had to pants. That was the first year I completed NaNo, and now I have about 10k in plots, chapter plans, and character information before I write a single word of the manuscript.

Alright, let’s be honest… I have about five different projects with full planning done, just waiting to be written. I might have a bit of a plotting addiction.

Who is your favourite character and why?

Of my own characters, or someone else’s? Either way, this is an evil question.

Other people’s characters: I’m going to go with Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby. I love the fact that he’s removed from the main story and how much we see of his character through his reactions to the things going on around him. That whole book is filled with morally grey characters, and Nick is no different.

Of my own characters, I’m going to have to go with Dhiren Flynn. I fell in love with him unexpectedly. He was supposed to be a character who was around for five or so chapters at the end of book one and the beginning of book two, but instead he took over and I couldn’t push him aside. He’s fiercely protective and, like Nick Carraway, morally grey on how he goes about it. The more I write him, the more I find out, which is so much fun to write.

What made you decide to write a sci-fi series?

I never really thought I’d be writing Sci-Fi. Growing up I was always more of a Fantasy person. When this story came along, it wasn’t that I’d intended for my next project to be Sci-Fi, it just happened that it was the most fitting genre. My Sci-Fi is definitely more on the Dystopian end of the scale. I focus on the characters and how the events change and shape them.

Once I started writing this series, the ideas just kept coming. Now, I’d say about sixty percent of my ideas would be classed as Sci-Fi, though usually they’ll have other elements mixed in. One of my works in progress is a sci-fi mixed with a nineteen twenties circus and some western elements. They’re all a bit different.

Do you know what is going to happen at the end of the series? – don’t tell us, we’re just curious if you know!

I’m currently planning the final book, so while I’ve had the destination in my head since the beginning of the series, I’m now working out exactly how I’m going to get there without hitting too many roundabouts or traffic jams.

There are certain scenes I know I want to have, and subplots that need to reach a specific conclusion, but the meat of the final book is still up in the air.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author? Especially from a self-published perspective?

My biggest piece of writing advice is to remember that what works for one person won’t work for everyone. Never feel bad if what works for you doesn’t work for someone else, just keep doing what works for you.

As for self-publishing, my advice is not to rush it. Take your time and do things to the best of your ability. Hell, this works for writing too. Don’t feel like you have to put out a book every six months just because that’s what some people are doing. Take the time to get your book properly edited and covered professionally, to do the proper marketing and give your book the best start it can possibly get.

Also, when it comes to writing and self-publishing, don’t be afraid to ask for help. The Indie community is incredibly friendly. They will celebrate your successes and help you through the rough patches (because most likely, they’ve been there already.) People say writing is a solitary process, but in this day and age, you have a much better support system. Don’t be afraid to use it.

Thank you for the wonderful questions! These have been really fun to answer, and I hope you’ve got a little more insight into my writing, and me in general.

Interview questions by Faye

chekecookePart time author and full time fantacist, Chele Cooke is a sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal author living in London, UK.
While some know they want to write stories since childhood, Chele first started writing as a teenager writing fanfiction and roleplaying. Before long playing in other people’s worlds wasn’t enough and she started creating her own. Living in San Francisco at the time, she found a lot of inspiration in her favourite city, some of which can be found in her books.
With a degree in Creative Writing, Chele’s first novel was published in 2013. She currently has three books published: two books in a sci-fi series, Out of Orbit, and the first book of a vampire serial, Teeth.

To find out more about Dead and Buryd, the first book in the Out Of Orbit Series, check out it’s Goodreads page here. Dead and Buryd and two of it’s sequels, Fight or Flight and Rack and Ruin, are available to buy now from Amazon.uk (here) and Amazon.com here.
Giveaway

Chele is hosting a giveaway to celebrate her Out of Orbit tour!
The prizes include;
A full set of Out of Orbit series in paperback and a £25 Amazon giftcard
Ten ebook sets of the Out of Orbit series
To enter the giveaway visit Chele’s website here

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TTT: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the wonderful, list making gurus, The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they publish a new Top Ten list and invite their fellow book bloggers, bloggers and bookworms to join in.

Its a bit of a brief one this week. The kids are off for the summer and things are a little hectic here at BBLB HQ. I’m just going to leave this here and run. Do comment and to let me know what you think of my list and to share your own. I’ll try to pop back later in the week to check the out.

1. Cather, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This Girl lives for her favourite characters. While i’ve never written fan fiction I can totally understand the feeling of wanting to be emerged in a favourite world for just a little bit longer.

2. Henry, The Incredibale Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
Henry LOVES books and just can’t help devouring them a dozen at a time. The only problem is, Henry doesn’t read them, he eats them! A bedtime favourite at BBLB HQ.

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Is there anything sexier than a love interest who shares the protagonists interests?
In compiling this list I have realised that not only are some of my most favourite characters bookworms but some of my all time favourite ships share a mutual love of the written word. 3. Tessa and Will, The Infernal devices Series by Cassandra Claire. One of my all time favourite ships sharing their passion for books and also the source of my favourite book quote.
“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

4. Dorian, Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Mass
Not only is the man a crowned prince, gorgeous, kind despite his upbringing, able to take care of himself and a menstration empathiser he also shares Celaena’s love of books. #teamDorianforever

5. Hazel Grace an Augustus Walter, The Fault in our stars by John Green
They meet, share their favourite books, become obsessed with the ending of a particular book, stalk the writer and in the process fall in love.

6. Hermione Granger, Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
I’d be surpassed if anyones list didn’t feature this talented bookworm. While the Harry Potter books and Hermione herself, taught kids that it was ok to enjoy reading and turned a generation on to reading it was the characters below who did the same for me.

7. Jo March, little Women by Louisa May Alcott

8 Matilda Wormwood, Matilda by Roald Dahl

9 Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

10. Belle, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
I know, I know this is a total cheat but I STILL fantasise about THAT LIBRARY

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TTT: Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the wonderful, list making gurus, The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they publish a new Top Ten list and invite their fellow book bloggers, bloggers and bookworms to join in.

So many books so little time…

Probably a bibliophiles number one frustration. I know that there are so many books that I am really desperate to read and there just aren’t enough reading hours in my day/week/month. Realistically I know that even in some wonderful alternate utopian universe where I could sit around all day reading and eating chocolate without any detriment to my health, family life or mortgage, there still wouldn’t be enough hours in the day to read everything that’s been recommended to me or otherwise caught my attention. On the most part I’ve made my peace with it.

There are the hyped books that I know that I’ll probably never get around to reading, mainly because that are not to my personal taste, from a genre I rarely read or, despite all of the hype, they just don’t speak to me.

I haven’t read any post Potter Rowling, I’m sorry, i’m just not gripped by the subject matter, its not a genre I particularly enjoy and I just don’t see myself ever reading any of Jk’s alter ego, Robert Galbraith. The same goes for other hyped and phenomenally successful writers like Stephen King and Nicolas Sparks. Despite my love of the associated TV series, I can’t see myself diving in to George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series anytime soon.

I’m not embarrassed to admit that I read predominantly for pleasure, to unwind and to escape. My tastes reflect this. I’m unlikely to pick up the latest literary fiction masterpiece no matter that it has as many layers as an onion and is making an important political statement or comment on society.

I love and repeatedly devour some classic books over and over but I’m not ashamed to admit that I like the prodomenty romantic works of Austin and the Bronte sisters. I read and enjoyed Stienbek in school, but Its not one I imagine snuggling down on my sofa to read with a chocolate digestive and a cuppa. If you enjoy War and Peace with your pinot that cool, but Tolstoy is not my bag.

Do you know what, thats ok. We are all different, we read for different reasons, and our interests are sparked by different things.

What I am really embarrassed about are my book collecting tendencies. Part magpie (attracted to all the pretty things), part dragon (hoarding all of the books), not only have I not read these ten fantastically hyped books, I have not read these ten fanatically books that I own!

In no particular order
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a discovery of witchesshadow and bonemaya dyer
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How do you manage your TBR?
My current strategy is to pile them all on to their very own bookcase behind a door and then pile laundry in front of it! Ok I confess thats more of a house keeping fail than a well though out strategy.

How do you decide which books you are going to read next and which you will save for a “rainy day”?

Which of these books do you think I need to bump to the top of my reading list?

Are you also part magpie, part dragon or are you ruthless in the management of your TBR?

Are there any books that you have resigned yourself to never read?

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#scyTBR: Caroline’s Goals and Challenge TBR

springcleantbrHello! Firstly I’d like to apologise for my tardiness. You know that you are having a busy week when you are two days late posting your goals for the reading challenge that you are co hosting! The combination of new baby, The Bigs off of school for Easter and some serious home renovations have really screwed with my reading and blogging schedule.

A spring cleaning challenge couldn’t have come at a more apt time as there is literally an inch of dust over every surface of my home. The eagle eyed Bookish Brits subscribers among you might notice that the first picture, of my soon to be en suite, is the prior home of my beautiful alphabetised (thanks Faye) bookcase. Fear not dear reader, my books are safely hibernating in waterproof, dust proof (I hope) tough plastic boxes in preparation for their new home in the “study” *cough*Library*cough*.

As a result of the restricted access to my physical TBR and in anticipation of many hours of painting ahead of me I shall be focusing on my neglected ebooks and audiobooks.

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Goals
With everything that is going on in my life at the moment my main aim for the challenge is just to carve out some time and try to establish a reading routine, even if that is simply a couple of chapters before bed or a paragraph or two between Mum’s Taxi pick up and drop offs.
During the Spring Clean Your TBR Challenge I would really like to:

* Finish my current audiobook – Ensnared by a G Howard (Currently 11hrs 13mins to go)
* Finish my Current paperback- A Darker Shade Of Magic by V E Schwab (Currently on page 37)
* Finish at least one other E/audiobook
* Finish at least one half written review from 2014 (and remove open folder from my tool bar!)
* Take part in the Twitter Chat (Scheduled for the 17th of April)
* Write at least one challenge update post

Challenge TBR
While my first two “reads” are in progress I would love your input choosing my subsequent read(s). Simply let me know in the comments below or on twitter which books I should prioritise for this challenge.

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Audiobook Short List
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman Narrated by Mandy Williams and W Morgan Sheppard Ok, I realise that this book was only published in March but It feels as though I have been waiting to read this sequel to Seraphina for FOREVER. I have been looking forward to this book for so long I even mistakenly included it in my most anticipated read of 2014 Bookish Brits Video!

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner Narrated by Callard Harris, Donnabella Mortel and Lincoln Hoppe. Although this book was only published in January of this year I have actually owned a copy (ARC) since BEA14! I loved The first book in this trilogy and I can’t wait to find out what twists and turns Kaufman and Spooner have in store for me this time.

Days Of Blood and starlight by Laini Taylor Narrated by Khristine Hvam Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one of my favourite non 2015 books I read in 2015. I really think that it is about time I got on and finished this trilogy.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman Narrated by Neil Gaiman Despite the movie being one of my favourite films I am ashamed to say that I have never read the book! Not only that but I have never read a book by Neil Gaiman. Ever! *revives reader with smelling salts*

Graceling by Kirstin Cashore Narraeted by Emma Powell I am sure that this confession is also going to cause gasps, particularly when I call myself a fantasy fan, but I have never read a single book by Kirstin Cashore, despite many, many recommendations. I have all three Graceling Realm audiobooks waiting to be explored.

eBook Short list
A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sara J Maas
Ok, Ok. Look I know that this book hasn’t been released yet but I really, really want to read it soon. What’s more Faye and I plan to buddy read and review it. It’s been such a long time since we last film together that I’d love to do it ASAP.

The Girl With All The Gifts by Carey M. R I have read nothing but good things about this book. One of the reviews was by my favourite author which for me is the ultimate recommendation.

Strange Angels by Lili St Crow has been sitting on my ereader for I don’t know how long! It was originally recommended to be by Cait of The Cait Files (visit her blog here) and ARYA book club fame. Cait hasn’t given me a duff recommendation yet! Whats more it is a nice neatly, completed series which I could really sink my teeth in to.

Pantomime by Laura Lam I don’t know a single person who has read this book and not loved it. Not only is it getting embarrassingly awkward that I haven’t read it when soooo many people have recommended it but a quick click through my Goodreads indicated that I need to be reading more diverse books like this.

Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott I adore Zoe’s Name Of The Blade Trilogy it is witty, original (it has made me want to learn more about Japanese culture) and action packed with an effortlessly diverse cast of characters and so absorbing that I nearly missed my flight!( read my review of book one, The Night Itself, here). I am ashamed to admit that not only have I not read anything else by this fabulous author, but her book Shadows On the Moon, bought back in June 2011, is the oldest unread book on my e-reader

So there you have it, better late than never, my goals and TBR for the Spring Clean Your TBR challenge.

To learn more about the challenge and to sign up check out the announcement post (here).

Don’t forget to check out the Twitter hash tag #scyTBR for the latest challenge news, posts and of course chat on the 17th

While linking your goal and update posts is not compulsory Faye and I would love to check out how you are getting on.
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You can add a link to your goal posts here;

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Bookish Brits: Why I Love… Maggie Stiefvater

One again, in honour of valentines day, the Bookish Brits team dedicated February to all of bookish things we love. Click here to watch all of our videos

This year I decided to focus on my favourite author, Maggie Stiefvater.

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Finish It February 2015: Week Four and Challenge Round Up

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Personal Target: Finish/get up to date with four series

Books read this week:None

Total books read: one and a half

Series completed for challenge: two

General feedback: As you can probably surmise from the tardiness of this post that week four of #FinishItFeb, and the week that followed, hasn’t gone so well in the reading the department! I haven’t managed to finish any additional books, therefore my total for this challenge is one and a half books finished resulting in two completed series.
Despite not reaching my target I am very happy to have taken part in #FinishItFeb and I look forward to meeting the challenge next year. In the meantime, I recommend that you pop back later in the week to learn about a new challenge Faye and I have up our sleeves.

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