September wrap-up and October TBR

Helloooo everyone!

Another month passed by, and I’m sooo excited because October is one of my favourite months 🙂 I love the colors and the cold – which is not too cold, but the one when you can cozy up in your favourite pants and sweaters, wearing at home your favourite longewear and sipping hot chocolate or tea while reading. God, this is one of the best time of the year!

In the month of September I finished 9 books, which isn’t bad. I set my Goodreads reading challenge to 75 books, because I think if I’m trying hard I can do that – currently I’m 10 books behing though, soooo. we’ll see.

 

My September TBR list looked like this:

Finish the following books:

  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • The Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Start (and finish) the following books:

  • The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune
  • The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • Sleepy Hallow and other short stories by Washington Irving
  • Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
  • The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

From this list I finished the following books:

  • The Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune
  • The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Also finished the following books:

  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
  • Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
  • Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Fault in our starts by John Green

And started reading the following:

  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman
  • Sleepy Hallow and other short stories by Washington Irving
  • When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Afar by Leila del Duca

And DNF’d the following book:

  • Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

In October I plan to read books with some spooky vibes, so first I try to finish every leftovers from the previous months, and after that grab the spooky ones 🙂 So my plan for October is the following:

  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman
  • Sleepy Hallow and other short stories by Washington Irving
  • When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Afar by Leila del Duca
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
  • The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • The DIviners by Libba Bray
  • It by Stephen King

Cheers, Szandi

Audiobook Recommendations

Hellooo everyone,

Lately I’m very much enjoying myself listening to audiobooks. It wasn’t a thing for me before but a couple of weeks ago I decided to give it a try and since I’m obsessed with audiobooks! I listened to a couple of them now and in this post I would like to recommend you my TOP 3 favourites.

  • Stalking Jack the Ripper
    Author: Kerri Maniscalco
    Narrator: Nicola Barber

    I was really into this story I must say, I’m very interested in the Jack the Ripper case, I love movies and books based on his mystery.
    The story and the characters are amazing in this book and the building of the mystery is phenomenal!
    The narrator of this audiobook, Nicola Barber was a perfect chioce for it. I loved the soft way she speaks, it made me really relaxed, but also in the more intense scenes she was perfect. Her voice is now officially my “reading voice”, everytime I read a book I hear her voice in my head.

  • The Lightning-struck Heart
    Author: T. J. Klune
    Narrator: Michael Lesley

    This book was hilarious, I literally was in hysterics listening to this books, multiple times laughed out loud while I was commuting between my home and my job. The characters in this book are brilliant, I’m literally in love with them.
    Michael Lesley was the perfect narrator of this book, his performance was hilarious, his style of speaking added so much to the story, I never thought that this can be a thing. Became one of my all-time favourite books, and my favourite amongst the audiobooks I listened.

  • Harry Potter series
    Author: J. K. Rowling
    Narrator: Stephen Fry

    I don’t think that I need to talk about this series in general, everyone knows what I’m talking about when I say, that this book series was my childhood. That is why these audiobooks are so close to my heart: listening the way Stephen Fry narrates it makes me feel, that I’m home again in my parents’ house, in my bed, and my mom reads tales for me. It’s that happy, innocent and peaceful kind of feeling. I love it to bits.

I would love to hear your thoughts about audiobooks. Do you like them? Which ones are your favourite?

Regards,
Szandi

24 hour READATHON – TBR and plans

Hellooooo everyone,

So my first ever 24 hour Readathon happens on this weekend, and I’m beyond excited about it! I’m so nervous and curious, I really hope that I can manage to read 1000 pages during this one day long reading marathon!

My original plan was to start new books during this challenge, just because it is easier to count how many pages I’ve read when I don’t have to substract the pages I’ve read before starting the marathon.

This plan is slightly changed after I realised that in the last couple of months I have started to read a shitload of books without finishing them! My currently reading list is 8 books long at it is unacceptable! I finished a lot of books during this period but there are these books which I do enjoy and read a couple of pages from them here and there, but there are ALWAYS the shiny new books which I have to jump in and read on the same day I got them.
So, my new plan for this readathon is to remove some of these books from my Currently Reading pile. This is also good for my Goodreads challenge, which is 75 finished books this year and I’m currently 12 books behind, and finishing these babies would improve this numbers.

So now let’s take a look on these books!

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    Started on: June 13, 2017
    On page: 243
    Total pages: 617
    Pages to read: 374
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin
    Started on: July 2, 2017
    On page: 276
    Total pages: 699
    Pages to read: 423
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
    Started on: August 7, 2017
    On page: 246
    Total pages: 501
    Pages to read: 255
  • Winter
    Started on: August 13, 2017
    On page: 140
    Total pages: 824
    Pages to read: 684
  • Insurgent
    Started on: August 15, 2017
    On page: 310
    Total pages: 525
    Pages to read: 215
  • Sleepy Hollow and other short stories
    Started on: September 3, 2017
    On page: 56
    Total pages: 121
    Pages to read: 65
  • Wicked like a Wildfire
    Started on: September 19, 2017
    On page: 70
    Total pages: 400
    Pages to read: 330
  • Gemina
    Started on: September 22, 2017
    On page: 84
    Total pages: 659
    Pages to read: 575

If we are doing the math, this is exactly 2891 pages to read, which is, to be honest, impossible for me to read. I decided, that Gemina and Wicked like a Wildfire aren’t “playing”, because I started them quite recently. This leaves me with 1986 pages. My goal is to finish 1000 pages from this, and I hope that I’m going to finish some of these books as well. I’m hoping to finish Insurgent, Sleepy Hollow and The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue the most, so I might start the marathon with those, and I’ll see how it goes. I’m going to start reading tonight at 6pm Central European time, right after I finished working. The marathon ends tomorrow at 6pm, and I hope I can catch up with you right after that.

Wish me luck!
Szandi

(Belated) #TheReadingQuest Update Week 4

Helloooo everyone!

So, I must say, I miserabley failed finishing my questline. I haven’t finished any books on the last week of #TheReadingQuest, so Ryell haven’t grown up as the biggest witch of all times.

So without further ado, do a tiny summary about what I’ve accomplished during this challenge, count experience points, count health points – let’s see how many quests was I able to finish.

Main Questline:

  • Book set in a different world: Reaper Man
  • A Book based on mythology: The Lightning Thief (Hungarian edition)
  • Contains Magic: The Night Circus
  • 1st book in a series: Divergent

Side Quests:

  • Time Warp – Stalking Jack the Ripper (audiobook)
  • Multiplayer – The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Started Quests

  • Grind : Insurgent
  • Mini-Game : Sleepy Hallow and other short stories by Washington Irving
  • Book with a one word title: Winter

Ryell (Level 2)

Exp 70
HP 228

What I’ve learned from this challenge? Don’t select a book as a main quest with more than 800 pages because you are not going to finish it in time!

Overall I loved participating in this challenge, it was really fun and I’d like to thank Aentee that she hosted this amazing game!

Regards,
Szandi

August Wrap-Up and September TBR

Helloo everyone!

August was the month of completely changed TBR, participating in #TheReadingQuest, and starting a lot of new series! I loved this month, I enjoyed my readings so much and I found a new all time favourite book! Also, I first ever tried to listen to a book in audiobook format, and really loved the experience, definitely going to listen to audiobooks in the future!

My original August TBR list looked something like this:

  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

This list was changed to something like this when I decided to participate in #TheReadingQuest:

  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
  • Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • A gathering of shadows by V.E. Schwab

Before the challenge started I had to finish Cress, and I finished Daughter of the Burning City as well, which is a new favourite book of mine! You can find my review of this book by clicking here

Then the challenge started and I had to revise a book in it, I changed the Raven Boys to the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, because the Raven Boys didn’t arrived in time.

So I finished the following books in the month of August:

  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • One of us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper

As of my TBR for September
Finish the following books:

  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • The Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Start Reading the following books:

  • The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune
  • The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • Sleepy Hallow and other short stories by Washington Irving
  • Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
  • The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

This TBR is probably going to change as well because of the challenges I’m doing and the 24 hour readathon.

Cheers, Szandi

#TheReadingQuest Week 3 Update

Hellooo everyone!

The third week of #TheReadingQuest is ended, we are nearly at the end of the challenge! If you don’t know what the Reading Quest is, you can find my original post about it here.

I’m not really happy with this week’s performance to be honest. I finished only 3 books: one for my main questline and two for side quests. One of them is a buddy read with Fran, who is a friend of mine from Bookstagram 😊

Summary

Finished books:

Main Questline:

  • Book set in a different world: Reaper Man + 10 EXP, Pge Count: 418 -> 41 HP

Side Quests:

  • Time Warp – Stalking Jack the Ripper (audiobook) + 10 EXP, 9h 26 min -> 28 HP
  • Multiplayer – The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan + 10 EXP, Page Count: 254 -> 25 Hp

Currently Reading:

Main Questline:

  • Book with a one word title: Winter

Side Quests:

  • Grind – Insurgent
  • Mini-Game – Sleepy Hallow and other short stories by Washington Irving

Ryell (Level 2)

Exp 70
HP 228

It is a good thing that only Winter is left from my main questline. I focus on that one and I try to finish as many side quests as possible in the last week.

Cheers,
Szandi

What books I’m going to bring with me to the family vacation

Hellooo everyone!!

Next week I’m heading toward Malta with my family! We are going to spend a week there, and though I’m not planning only reading, but of course I have to have some books with me – for my nighttime reading and if I’m just sitting on the beach. Also, the last week of The Reading Quest is happening on that week, so I have to finish the leftovers from the challenge then 😀

I plan to bring the following books with me:

  • Winter by Marissa Meyer honestly I’m in a desperate need to finish this book
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Originally I planned to bring more books with me, bit Winter has priority over everything else and I don’t want to let Ryell down but not finishing her wizard quest path. Insurgent is the second in the row, I started it for a side quest and I want to finish it as well.

I’m going to have posts next week but I might not be very active 😊

Cheers,

Szandi

IRL Book Tag

Hellooooo everyone!

I was tagged to do the IRL Book Tag by Dorka, you can find her post here 🙂 This tag was originally created by a Youtuber – TheRainyReader. You can watch the original video here.

1. Most likely to stand up for the little guy

Cooper from One of us is lying. He is the kind of boy, who’s heart is on the right place and always wants to do the best.

2. Most romantically oblivious

Dorka mentioned here Ronald Weasley and I have to agree with her on this.

3. Most likely I’d turn to for advice

Remus Lupin from Harry Potter. He is supportive and very analytical, I feel that he’s advices would be really good.

4. Most likely to make youtube videos

Iko from the Lunar Chronicles! She would have a beauty youtube channel 😀

5. Most likely to grab a beer with

Kell from Shades of Magic series. I would love to hear he’s stories about the other Londons while we are sitting in a pub and drinking some beer.

6. Most likely to apply for a reality show

Captain Carswell Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles. He’s funny and charming and narcissistic enough to participate in a reality show.

7. Character I’d want to run into on a beach

Rhysand. I don’t have to explain it, why.

8. Character I’d like to work for

I’d love to work in the Gomorrah Festival, under Nicoleta after she became the new proprietor. I would love to be part of the Burning City!

9. Most likely to have a mental breakdown in public

Cress from the Lunar Chronicles. I mean, the poor girl lived in a satellite alone for years. She would not have a breakdown because she is weak but because there are situations which she can’t handle properly. SHe is my favourite though!

10. HR’s worst nightmare

Alosa from the Daughter of the Pirate King. She is so stubborn that she would cause some headache for the HR 😀

I hope you enjoyed this fun little tag, if you’d like to do it, please feel free to do so!

Cheers,
Szandi

#TheReadingQuest Week 2 Update

Hellooo everyone!

The second week of #TheReadingQuest is ended, we are halfway through the challenge! If you don’t know what the Reading Quest is, you can find my original post about it here.

On this week I performed slightly better than on the 1st. I finished two books from my character’ path, started another one, made a good progress with Winter and also made a good progress with a side quest. What a success!

Also, I changed one of my main questline books, A Gathering of Shadows to the Night Circus. I don’t really felt like reading a Gathering of Shadows, really 😦

Summary

Finished books:

Main Questline:

  • A Book based on mythology, The Lightning Thief (Hungarian edition)+ 10 EXP, Page count: 353 -> +35 HP
  • Contains Magic, The Night Circus +10 EXP, 13:40:19 = 820 min -> +41 HP

Side Quests:

  • none

Currently Reading:

Main Questline:

  • Book with a one word title: Winter
  • Book set in a different world: Reaper Man

Side Quests:

  • Grind – Insurgent
  • Time Warp – Stalking Jack the Ripper (audiobook)

Ryell (Level 1)

Exp 40

This way I’m already finished or in progress with all of my main quests. So from now on I’m going to focus on sidequests and finishing the two books mention above 🙂

Cheers,
Szandi

24 hour Readathon with me

Helloooo everyone!!!

In excitement for #TheReadingQuest, I decided that after it ended I want to do a 24 hour Readathon 😊 I announce this quite early because I want everybody who decides to join me in this readathon have time to gather up readings and set a personal goal 😊

I plan the Readathon to take place on the 23th of September. I plan to start the readathon on 10am that day and end it on the 24th, 10am. Of cpurse if you’d like another time spot it is okay as well, the important thing is to start it on the 23th.

My goal in this readathon is to read at least 1000 pages. I feel that this is a more reachable goal for me, this way I cab read multiple books based on my mood, I don’t have to finish any of them.

I, of course, have a TBR or list of books I plan to read:

  • This Savage Song(510 pages)
  • Our Dark Duet(427 pages)
  • Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (320 pages)
  • Fangirl (438 pages)

Of course this can change, but these are the books I’m saving for this readathon, hopefully I manage to finish one or two of them.

If you are plan to join me please do let me know down the comments with your goal 😊

Cheers,

Szandi