Thursday, 2 July 2015

Beyond the Books: My Favourite Shows (2)

Beyond the Blog is a weekly meme where I throw out a topic (mostly non-bookish), and you guys blog about it. Come back here and share the link to your blog post, and we all have fun learning about each other.
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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Mid Year Update

Its the begining of July, and half way through the year already. I thought I would take this opportunitly to update you all on the progress of a few challenges I am working on and hope it keeps me going, or kicks me in the butt to get into gear.


2015 TBR Challenge

14/10 books
I am impressed with actually going above my 2015 TBR Challenge, this is the one that I never ever complete, but I think starting small helped me a lot. I'll have to see if I can bump up to the next level.


2015 British Books Challenge

31/50 books
This is the first year I have participated in this, and I initially thought I would struggle with this one, but thankfully I have a lot of books by British authors from YALC last year so this is helping get two challenges completed.


Goodreads Challenge

86/200 books
This one I am behind on. Goodreads says I am behind by 12 books, I'm hoping my reading picks up again soon and that I finish this challenge by the end of the year.


What challenges are YOU completing this year? How are you getting on with them?

The Reading Queue: July


The Reading Queue is a monthly meme where you share what books you plan to read for the month. You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide.
The Reading Queue is hosted by Book Tasty and Books: A true story.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Audiobook Mini Review: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson


Title: Since You've Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Author Info: Website|Tumblr|Facebook|Twitter
Narrator: Suzy Jackson
Running Time: 12 hours 49 minutes
Source: Purchased by myself
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 8th May 2014
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um...

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait...what?

Monday, 29 June 2015

Book Wars! Bad Romeo [Starcrossed #1] by Leisa Rayven (88)

Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By Books & Much Loved Books!

It’s a fact that book lovers know all about the covers of the books they covet. Often when a title is released here in the US, it’s sometimes vastly different across the pond in the US. & So, Lisa from A Life Bound By Books and I have come together to create Book Wars to talk about the difference in covers when it comes to the US vs. UK versions.

We hope from time to time authors will chime in with their thoughts as well. We welcome everyone to comment and share their thoughts too! The more the merrier!

Before we get to this weeks Book Wars, we have a winner to announce. The Book Wars winner for Frostfire by Amanda Hocking is........it's a tie!!!!!! Thank you to everyone who voted for both books, and for picking a winner.

Also, there's a poll at the bottom of the post that we'd love to hear your input for the two covers! Tell us which one YOU love the most.

Left: US - Right: UK
Title: Bad Romeo
Series: (Starcrossed #1)
Author: Leisa Rayven
Publisher:
US - St. Martin's Griffin, 417 Pages (Decemver 23rd, 2014)
UK - Pan, 400 Pages (July 2nd, 2015)
Add to: Goodreads USA Version | Goodreads UK Version
Order online here:
USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository
UK: Amazon UK, Waterstones, W H Smith, The Book Depository

Synopsis:
While performing the greatest love story of all time, they discovered one of their own…Cassie Taylor was just another acting student with big dreams at her prestigious performing arts college…then she met Ethan Holt. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy on campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing on stage, Cassie and Ethan’s epic romance seemed destined. Until it ended in tragedy when he shattered her heart.Now they’ve made it to Broadway where they’re reunited as romantic leads once again—and their passionate scenes force them to confront the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their intense college affair. For Ethan, losing Cassie was his biggest regret—and he’s determined to redeem himself. But for Cassie, even though Ethan was her first and only great love, he hurt her too much to ever be trusted again. The trouble is, working with him again reminds her that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks. And when it comes to love, sometimes it’s the things that aren’t good for us that are the most irresistible. Don’t miss Leisa Rayven's Bad Romeo, the intoxicating romance beloved by over two million fans online—a story that’ll captivate you and hold you breathless until the final page.

About the author: 
Writing has always been a passion for Leisa, and even though she originally intended to be an actress, it wasn’t long into her time at drama school that she began writing plays.

Those plays were bad. Very bad. Well, her friends thought they were good, but that’s because they were always cast in them and any opportunity to be on stage was met with an obnoxious amount of enthusiasm.

Since then, she’s honed her craft, and several of her plays have been produced and toured throughout Australia.

These days, playwriting has given way to fiction writing, and Leisa’s debut novel, BAD ROMEO, will be available in a worldwide release through Macmillan Publishing in December 2014.

Leisa lives in Australia with her husband, two little boys, three cats, and a kangaroo named Howard.
(Howard may or may not be her imaginary marsupial friend. Everyone should have one.)

Find  Online: WebsiteTwitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Let the Wars Begin:
Its now time to make our decision, let's see what we think about the covers and pick our favorite cover.
Lisa
This week I've picked a book that I haven't read yet. I hope to soon as I've just received a signed copy in May's Bookworm Box. Talk about EXCITED to receive! If you haven't check out this amazingly awesome charity then click on the link I provided above to check it out!

So, this week we have two totally different covers. And can I just say that the US one is pretty amazing in person. It's so vibrant and eye-catching and it's sometimes nice not to have models on the cover. These days we don't get that often, and while I do enjoy them, such as the ones in the UK cover... there's just something about being able to be make a reader want to put up a book when it's without anyone gracing the cover.

I'm choosing to go against the grain this week and vote for the US cover. It's beautiful and without a doubt makes a statement. So, it's the US for my vote.... which one gets YOURS?
Michelle
I have yet to read this series, although I have heard of it, so I have no idea how the covers relate to the story itself.

Looking at these two side by side its easy for me to pick a winner. The UK one doesn't really stand out for me. There has been a lot of this type of genre of books wit this type of cover, and for me it's getting a bit old.

The US cover though really stands out, and I am slightly jealous of Lisa getting her hands on a copy (The Bookworm Box sounds amazing and they go SUPER FAST) I love the effect of the broken heart, and how that is the main focal point of this cover.

It's a US win for me this week, don't forget to pick your winner below.

VOTE for YOUR favorite cover of Bad Romeo (Starcrossed #1) By: Leisa Rayven NOW!







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