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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Books read in September

I'm quite proud of myself this month. It has been the start of the school year, so rather stressful. But I've still managed  to read five books!

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The start of this book was really interesting, however my interest waned towards the end. That's probably due to the fact I'm more interested in medieval history than the more recent parts!

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I really enjoyed the Mercy series, and I liked this little prequel. I would have liked it to be longer, and was left a little unsatisfied.

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Carmilla 4/5 Stars
A weird one. It was a good storyline, especially seeing as it was written in the Victorian times. This story was the first ever Vampire novel.

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The Night Circus 4.5/5 stars
The best book of the month was The Night Circus, which I had tried to read before but I didn't get in to it. I really enjoyed it, and I think that enjoyment will only grow with rereads, because rather than racing to find out how it could end I'll be focusing on the details.

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666 Park Avenue 2.5/5 stars
Mehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh



To be read in October (I've tried to go with a spooky theme, with Halloween at the end of the month!)

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Something?! by Stephen King - I'm hoping this will cover the scary book of my challenge!
The Resurrectionist by James Bradley
The Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield

If you have any recommendations for books that could help me meet my 2015 challenge, please comment below!




Clair's 2015 Reading Challenge:
  • A book you read in a day - Dreamfever/ Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (3rd January 2015)
  • An Author with my initials - The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan (9th January 2015)
  • A book written by someone under 30 - The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon (21st February 2015)
  • A book with a colour in the title - The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory (18th February 2015)
  • A book that takes place in your hometown - The Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan (February 2015)
  • A book set in a different country - Delilah by Eleanor Jong (15th February 2015)
  • A book with nonhuman characters - Burned by Karen Marie Moning (February 2015)
  • A book with a female author - A Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas (10th February 2015)
  • A book published this year - Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (2nd March 2015)
  • A book set in high school (well, they're all high school age and some parts mention their school - that counts right) - The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (2nd March)
  • A book with more than 500 pages - Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (10th March 2015)
  • A book a friend recommended - Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas (12th March)
  • A book by an author you've never read before - The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (17th March)
  • A book with a one word title - Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon (30th March)
  • A book with a number in the title - Eight Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones (31st May)
  • A book with magic in it - The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews (May 2015)
  • A funny book - The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (15th August)
  • A book of short stories - Teeth by various authors (June)
  • A nonfiction book - The Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer (July 2015)
  • A book from an author you love but haven't read yet - Masques by Patricia Briggs (June 2015)
  • A book at the bottom of your to read list - Mistwood by Leah Cyprus (7th June 2015)
  • A book based entirely on the front cover - The Paper Magician by Charlie N Holmberg (August 2015)
  • A memoir - The Crossing by James Cracknell and Ben Fogle (August 2015)
  • A trilogy - Penryn and the End of Days trilogy by Susan Ee (August 2015)
  • A book set in the future - The Girl With All the Gifts by MR Carey (April 2015)
  • A mystery or thriller - Inferno by Dan Brown (August 2015)
  • A graphic novel - Mercy Thompson: Homecoming by Patricia Briggs, artwork by  Francis Tsai,  David Lawrence and Amelia Woo (September 2015)
  • A book more than 100 years old - Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (September 2015)
  • A book from your childhood - The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (I figure this is the only book you can really be allowed to reread, and as I am reading it to my class, the 20 of them that have never read it make up for it)
  • A book that made me cry - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (September 2015)
  • A book I started but never finished - 666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce (September 2015)
~to be added to as time passes~

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

To Vlog or not to Vlog

I'd love to start vlogging, but seeing as I have never successfully vlogged before, and that I only have my iPhone as a camera, I'm quite scared.

I'd be book vlogging, and it would be pretty irregular, I'm sure. But how to start? What to talk about (well, aside from books obviously!) Would anyone actually watch my videos?!

I'd love to know if anyone who reads this vlogs, or if they know any tips or tricks that might help me. Do you have any favourite vloggers who might inspire me? Let me know :)