#MAYIVEREAD 🌸 | May Monthly Challenge

MAYREADS-Recovered.pngI’m back! and with another monthly photo challenge. Making and hosting a monthly challenge last year was so fun, I loved scrolling through the tag and seeing all the photos so much that I decided to do round two! Though I’ve learned that trying to come up with an entire month’s worth of inspiring prompts is … pretty hard.

Anyway, here is #MAYIVEREAD (mayiveread .. todayiveread .. get it 😉). Read on for a full list of the prompts plus a little bit of what my idea was behind each one; it’s not as vague as I think my last challenge was but I’m still really excited to see how everyone interprets each day.

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popular(ish) books I still haven’t read

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The other day I posted about Six of Crows on bookstagram because after nearly two years of owning it I still have yet to even pick it up – I like leaving my hyped books on the shelf to age like some sort of fine wine I guess. Anyway, Six of Crows got me thinking: what other popular/hyped books have I still not read despite owning them/having them on my TBR for who knows how long?

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April TBR + Currently Reading

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Hi! Hello! I didn’t mean to take a four-month blogging hiatus but I kind of did anyway 😅 I didn’t really have any time to work on reviews or posts for a while and then for a long while I just … didn’t want to; I love reading and talking about books but writing good reviews/posts that make sense? That’s hard. Anyway, I figured a good ole’ TBR post was the perfect was to hopefully get back into blogging and reviewing on the regular (not that I ever had a regular posting schedule before but).

Before I jumped into my reads for this month here’s a couple quick reading updates:

  • I finished my 2017 reading challenge with 61/50 books read
  • My goal for this year is technically 150 books but it’s currently set at 100 and I’m already 1 book behind 😪
  • Current number of books reads this year: 23!

Alrighty, onto my April TBR

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#HOLLYJOLLYREADS 🔔| December Monthly Challenge

I am soso excited and so happy to finally share this with you guys! Making and hosting a monthly photo challenge has been something I’ve wanted to do since creating my bookstagram so for the past couple of months I’ve been working on one! This one!

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I tried to make this challenge a mix of vague prompts that could be more inspo-ish and simple straightforward prompts so that there was something for everyone, be as creative (or not creative) as you want and I can’t wait to see how everyone interprets each day!

I’m going to list all the days below for accessibility and I’ll explain a little of what my idea was behind each prompt in case anyone needs some extra inspo.

 

Throughout the month I’ll be going through the tag and sharing some of my favourite photos so don’t forget to use the hashtag #HollyJollyReads in your posts!

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Prodigy Prince | Natasha Sapienza [Semi-Spoiler Free]

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Prodigy Prince // Natasha Sapienza

Actual Rating: 3.5/5 ⭐

I was given a free copy by the author (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. This review is mildly-spoilery. 

Synopsis [From Goodreads]:

At seventeen, all Prince Nuelle had ever known was safety and peace while living in the Supreme Palace of Zephoris. 

But one night, his older brother, Tane, defies their father by traveling to a cursed land. Now Nuelle holds the signet-ring and carries more responsibility than even Tane bore. Thrust from the palace and sent to a knight-building academy, Nuelle must discover his purpose for the entire kingdom’s sake. 

From his place of banishment, Prince Antikai has been exacting revenge through fear and rebellions. Nuelle has the potential to defeat him, but he needs the help of a powerful book and six gifted youths. 

Summoned by Antikai, shape-shifting beasts and other enemies hunt Nuelle and the Acumen. If either is destroyed, the faithful citizens in Zephoris will perish, and darkness will rule forever. 

Am I getting too old for YA?

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Am I getting too old for YA? Is a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately, I know that the obvious answer is no and that you should read what you like no matter your age but I can’t help thinking about it. I can’t help feeling like I’m slowly growing apart from the genre (is it even a genre?), that I’m too old to be reading it.

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October TBR | Spooky Reads Edition

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Fall is one of my favourite times of the year, I love how warm and cozy it makes me feel inside and I wanted that feeling to reflect in my tbr for this month. I also wanted my tbr to be a little bit spooky and dark in the spirit of Halloween. This should probably actually be called ‘books I maybe want to get around to’ because I can’t actually decide which ones I want to read 😅

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books I NEED to read before 2018

 

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I am really good at buying books, promising myself I’m going to read them right now and then letting them sit on my shelf for a year. So I thought I would share with you a few books that I’m determined to read before the year is over – hopefully this post will hold me to it!

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Bone Gap | Laura Ruby [Semi – Spoiler Free]

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Bone Gap // Laura Ruby

“People look, they don’t see.”

 

Actual Rating: 4.5/5 ⭐

Synopsis [From Goodreads]:

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

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decluttering your tbr

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I like to hoard books in my online TBR like a dragon hoards treasure which means it quickly becomes a small  mountain of books that honestly? I’ll probably never read. I decided to go through and clear out my TBR shelf after almost half of my a little over a thousand shelved books were want-to-read’s, I ended up getting rid of almost five pages of books and doing so actually felt cathartic (well, as cathartic as clicking a little x and watching it vanish can be). So here are a few tips/things I told myself while unshelving that will hopefully help you declutter!

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