January 2015 – plans, resolutions, books and more…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

January, the month to start fresh, create resolutions, and fill yourself with hopes for the coming year ahead!

Typically, I am not one for new years resolutions, as I try to stop bad habits throughout the year, whilst attempting to pick-up some good habits instead! However, I do have a few hopes and ‘resolutions’ for this year and they are book related so they belong here.

Now that I have bought what I wanted in the sales, and got some lovely books at Christmas…and having binged on a large amount of bargain books during the later part of 2014.I know you can hear it already…book buying ban. I realised that reading at the rate I do and the amount of unread books I have sitting on my selves it will literally take YEARS to read them all. So I have decided to go for a full on ban. No more temptations by entering a book shop. No more looking at Amazon’s ‘kindle daily deal’ getting tempted by a cheap ebook. Cold turkey. My reward? Well my reward will be finally entering the worlds between the covers of the books I own. Saving my money for a future I am beginning to imagine. And no longer feeling that pang of guilt when I look at my empty bank balance…

The only book acquisitions that will occur this year will be those which are given as gifts. If a book comes out which may cause me to slip I will wait until it becomes available in the library and borrow it for free. Or alternatively borrow from a friend!

In January I plan to read a few of my latest acquisitions, these include:

 The Archived By Victoria Schwab which I am currently reading and greatly enjoying.

 Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs – I have been wanting to read this novel for a very long time and am so thankful I received this for Christmas, really looking forward to jumping into it!

And a book that I received for Christmas in 2013:

 Last of the Gaderene By Mark Gatiss – I started this novel last year and am looking forward to getting back into it again.

These are the three books I am definitely going to read and review this month. I will hopefully be putting up reviews of the many books I read last year throughout this year, inter-dispersed throughout the reviews of books I read in 2015.

Well that is enough waffle from me just now! Time for hot chocolate and The Archived!

Blethering Books xx

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February TBR

My February TBR looks a bit like this:

Finish both books that I started in January:

         

And three other books I hope to at least start (and hopefully finish)!

          
Click on the image and get taken to the Goodreads page! What are you planning to read in February?

January Wrap Up

This is my first ever wrap up post, and as I said at the beginning of the year this is going to be a new feature to my blog!

I have read 5 books in January, however, I am behind on getting my reviews up – multiple reasons. However, I am not going to go into my excuses, just watch out for the reviews going up soon (hopefully)!

The Iron Queen By Julie Kagawa

The Reflections of Queen Snow White By David Meredith

Ten Little Aliens By Stephen Cole

The Name of the Star By Maureen Johnson

Pushing the Limits By Katie McGarry

I have also started two books in January which I have yet to finish. These are:

The Eyre Affair By Jasper Fforde

Human Remains By Elizabeth Haynes

So I managed to read two of the books on my January TBR, and start the two other books that were on my list. Plus I managed to read 3 that were not on my January TBR…not too bad a start to 2014….

As always, click on the image and get taken to the Goodreads page, if the title has a link, it is to my blog post for that novel.

Please leave comments to let me know what you think of about my blog, the books I am reading, or anything book related!

Happy Reading!

Book Buying Ban

A slightly late Happy New Year!!!

So I have never really ‘do’ New Years Resolutions much now. However, this year there is one New Years Resolution I am making – I am not going to buy any books for a year!

This is going to be a challenge. A real challenge. But it is something I need to do. Many book bloggers buy a lot of books. Many book bloggers have TBR piles that could last them for years. I am one of these people.

As you will have seen I have decided to attempt two TBR pile challenges. I am hoping that this will allow me to focus and get through some of the books that I already own. Books are there to be read. If you are buying books faster than you can read them, what is the point? Yes, I have got to that stage. My shelves are lined with beautiful books, but I don’t know the beauty that lies between the covers.

When I am tempted to buy a book I am going to read this list of reasons NOT to buy the book(s).

  • I don’t NEED the book, I have plenty to read at home.
  • I can’t afford to buy the book(s).
  • There are more important things my money needs to be spent on.
  • There is no justification to buy new books.
  • I am running out of space in my flat!

So what are your tips to help me achieve this goal? Are you doing a book buying ban for part of this year?

Let me know!

Another 2014 TBR Pile Challenge

So looking around, I have decided to take part in another challenge. Why? Well there is different rules to this challenge, and I feel doing both will help me focus on working my way through more of my TBR pile.

So to find out more about this challenge – hosted by Bookish – please click on the image above to see. The rules are more flexible which means I will be able to add more of my TBR pile to this challenge.

The level that I am aiming for is sweet summer fling = 31 to 40 TBR books.

I have identified 14 TBR books in my previous post:

1. Pretties By Scott Westerfeld

2. The Sense of an Ending By Julian Barnes

3. Elsewhere By Gabrielle Zevin

4. White Oleander By Janet Fitch

5. Shadowmancer By G. P. Taylor

6. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter By Kim Edwards

7. The Sunflower Forest By Torey Hayden

8. I Did Tell, I Did By Cassie Harte

9. The Thief Lord By Cornelia Funke

10. Ink Death By Cornelia Funke

11. Class By Jane Beaton

12. Raspberries on the Yangtze By Karen Wallace

13. The Informant Officer By Mark Mills

14. To Die For By Carol Lee

And here are 26 more books:

15. Paper Towns By John Green

16. Human Remains By Elizabeth Haynes

17. Sharp Objects By Gillian Flynn

18. Dark Places By Gillian Flynn

19. Finding Emma By Steena Holmes

20. Emma’s Secret By Steena Holmes

21. Northhanger Abbey By Jane Austen

22. I Never Promised You A Rose Garden By Joanne Greenberg

23. Cursed By Benedict Jacka

24. Fated By Benedict Jacka

25. Scarred By Julia Hoban

26. Finding Violet Park By Jenny Valentine

27. Grave Minder By Melissa Marr

28. Under the Never Sky By Veronica Rossi

29. Through the Ever Night By Veronica Rossi

30. Dibs in Search of Self By Virginia M. Axline

31. Go Ask Alice By Anonymous

32. Wormwood By G. P. Taylor

33. The Raging Quiet By Sherryl Jordan

34. Clockwork Angle By Cassandra Clare

35. Clockwork Prince By Cassandra Clare

36. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend By Mathew Green

37. The Sacrificial Man By Ruth Dugdall

38. A Novel Death By Judi Culbertson

39. Pushing the Limits By Katie McGarry

40. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared By Jonas Jonasson

2014 TBR Pile Challenge

Please Click on the image above to find out more about this challenge!

My List:

1. Pretties By Scott Westerfeld (2005)

2. The Sense of an Ending By Julian Barnes (2011)

3. Elsewhere By Gabrielle Zevin (2005)

4. White Oleander By Janet Fitch (1999)

5. Shadowmancer By G. P. Taylor (2003)

6. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter By Kim Edwards (2005)

7. The Sunflower Forest By Torey Hayden (1984)

8. I Did Tell, I Did By Cassie Harte (2009)

9. The Thief Lord By Cornelia Funke (2000)

10. Ink Death By Cornelia Funke (2007)

11. Class By Jane Beaton (2008)

12. Raspberries on the Yangtze By Karen Wallace (2000)

Alternatives:

1. The Informant Officer By Mark Mills (2009)

2. To Die For By Carol Lee (2004)

January TBR

I don’t normally give myself TBR (To Be Read) lists, I just go with the flow. However, I have decided this year to be more organised with my reading to help improve my blog and regularity of blog posts.

So I will be doing monthly TBR posts, and at the end of the month I will do a review of that months reading, and other bookish things.

So what do I plan to read in January?

The Reflections of Queen Snow White By David Meredith

Human Remains By Elizabeth Haynes

The Eyre Affair By Jasper Fforde

The Name of the Star By Maureen Johnson

Okay so I am only putting four books on my list, but may manage to read a wee bit more than four. However, I want to keep my TBR lists manageable.  So has anyone read these books? What did you think? What do you think of my January TBR?

September TBR

So I thought I would start doing a monthly TBR as having a set list of books to read does help me read the books that I need to get through, many of which have sat on my self unread for far too long!

I will be back at university mid-way through September, which does mean my reading will slow down slightly, but if I have some targets I might manage to get through quite a few books each month!

As usual click on the cover and be taken to the goodreads page!

Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn

Mila 2.0 By Debra Driza

Concealed By Sang Kromah

Sister By Rosamund Lupton

Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm than Good By James Davies

Let me know if you have read any of these books, what did you think? Any that you think I should read first? Let me know. I really would appreciate your comments.