2016 Wrap-up

It’s already the end of the year already, and this year has really been a year full of changes for me, entering university and everything. Although I’ve been reading everywhere on Facebook that 2016 isn’t really a good year, I still feel blessed. As 2017 is starting soon (tomorrow, in fact) I can’t say I have many resolutions apart from surpassing the 2016 version of me. I would like to read more book next year than I did this year and review more books even while I cope with university assignments and tests. I don’t want to use university as an excuse for not reading.

I want to perhaps try writing stories again. Ever since entering university, I’ve got plenty of inspirations for writing short stories which I have written down in a small notebook. I certainly hope I can begin working on those ideas before my notebook overflows with those ideas.

Like I said, I plan on surpassing myself, so naturally that involves my studies too. It’s going to be a very busy 2017 and I want to use every single minute of it productively, whether it’s reading, reviewing, studying or writing. I just want to do the best that I can.

And perhaps I should not put that high an expectation on the number of books I want to read next year. My 2016 Goodreads reading goal was a hundred books and I’ve barely read past 50 books. I should probably tone that down a little next year.

Before I end the final post of the year 2016, I would love to wish every single person reading this to have a wonderful 2017. Even though things might not turn out as you hoped next year, that’s still not a reason to let it ruin your year. The best thing to do is to always look forward for tomorrow and to try your best again and again.

That’s all from me! Time to go back to studying for my finals. No end-of-year celebration for me this time.

September Wrap-up

This month was a really hectic month for me. I can’t believe that I’ve already been in university for a whole month! But the stacks of assignments serve to remind me of how busy my has been lately and how even more busier it’s bound to be in the future. I really miss my books especially the books I bought from a recent book sale which are now lying serenely in a bag under my bed.

I hope, then, it’s understandable why I’m lately so inactive on my blog and that I hardly participated in the Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme. I’ve already skipped two weeks of TTT (or was it three weeks?), but once I’ve got my studies and my assignments under control, I intend to get my reading habits and my blog posts back on track.

This month, I’ve managed to post two book reviews which are:

  1. Pedigree Mum by Fiona Gibson
  2. The Ultimate Book of Body Language by Lillian Glass, Gregory Hartley & Maryann Karinch

That’s all from me today.

Happy reading!

August Wrap-up

Phew! August was a really hectic month for me. First I received the results of my university placements. In the following month, I’ll be entering university to major in animal science. I’m feeling really nervous now, being away from home for the first time. Today’s the university registration day so after this, I’ll be having an orientation week.

Back to the wrap-up. I’ve been rather quiet on my blog lately due to all the preparations I had to do. I managed to do loads of shopping but unfortunately, I didn’t buy a single book *sob*.

To be honest, I’m not even sure if I might be able to review all that often once the new term starts. I’ll have to learn to be independent without my parents by my side now. I still hope to be active on my blog though. I’ll try to think of posts to write to make up for the lack of reviews.

This is the list of book reviews I posted this month:

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.
  2. How to Fall in Love by Cecilia Ahern
  3. Kings or Pawns by J.J. Sherwood
  4. If You’re Gone by Brittany Goodwin
  5. Paths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer
  6. The Wizard’s Heir by Devri Walls

I took a look at my 2016 Goodreads reading goal. I’m only 50% done so far. Serves me right for setting so high a goal for myself. 100 books indeed!

That’s all from me today! How are all your monthly wrap-up? Happy back to school everyone and happy reading!

July Wrap-up

July is the month I’ve been waiting for. Why? Because it’s the month Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is released!!! And also it’s because it’s my first month off work so I’ve been spending most of my time with the written words.

I’ve finally got my pre-ordered Harry Potter book today! I couldn’t wait to actually hold the eight book in my hand. I’ve waited months for it and I’m so, so, SO happy that it’s finally out. Oh, and not forgetting, HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY!

I’ll just complete my monthly wrap-up and curl up somewhere with my book to lose myself in the world of Harry Potter again, shall I?

Looks like I read and reviewed nine books this month! Woohoo! I definitely broke my previous record! Here’s the list of the books:

  1. Hot Mess by Madeline A. Rosenberg
  2. Who You Work For by Anthony David Mitchell
  3. A Familiar Darkness by Heather Sutherlin
  4. Secrets in the Shadow by Hannah Emery
  5. Feel Me Break by Tara R.
  6. Spiral by D.U. Okonkwo
  7. The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
  8. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  9. Paper Moon by R. M. Hedgcoth and Tony Tibbitts ( Illustrator)

And that’s it from me!

Happy reading everyone!

June Wrap-Up

I was supposed to have this post up on the Rainbow of Books yesterday but it was also my last day of work so I was reminiscing about the previous six months I had spent working there. I was really happy working there and I’m certain I’ll miss my colleagues. Alright, putting my life aside and moving on to book related stuff. This month (Or more accurately, last month) I’ve managed to review four books. Let’s hope I do better this month.

  1. Mother by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross
  2. Ascend by Amanda Hocking
  3. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
  4. When It Matters Most by Keven Fletcher

This month I’ve finally bought more books for myself. I finally got Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman; I’ve been eyeing that book every time I enter the bookstore but my purse stopped me from actually getting it. Oh, and I got two other books along with Trigger Warning: Pedigree Mum by Fiona Gibson and The World is A Wedding by Wendy Jones

Happy reading everyone!

 

 

 

May Wrap-up

Phew! Looks like May has already come to and end. Another month gone and I still feel as if time is moving a little to fast for me and I’ve read too few books from what I intended to.

Here’s the list of books I managed to enjoy this month:

  1. Potpourri of Poetry by Dorothy P. Lockyer
  2. In the Dark by Daniel Fox
  3. Torn by Amanda Hocking
  4. Navigating Nightmare Ecstasy by Daniel J. Robertson ( The Junk Talk Poet)
  5. Edith from Wessex: Wife of Otto the Great- A Medieval Queen by Regine Sondermann
  6. Claire Voyant by Rebeckah K. Davis

Am I satisfied? I think I can say ‘yes’ to that. It means that in this one month, I’ve actually went on six adventures in six different worlds and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed each one of them!

Happy reading!

 

April Book Haul + Wrap-up

Looks like April is another lazy month for me. This month, I managed to read and review only five books (boohoo). Here’s the list:

  1. Timothy Other: The Boy Who Climbed Marzipan Mountain by Lawrence Sydney Abel
  2. The Anesthesia Game by Rea Nolan Martin
  3. Ricochet: Riding the Wave of Hope with the Dog who Inspires Millions by Judy Fridono with Kay Pfaltz
  4. The Prophecy by Erin Rhew
  5. Blind Shady Bend by Adina Sara

I hope that I can actually complete my Spring Reading List which I made for a Top Ten Tuesday many weeks back. So far, I’ve managed to finish four out of the list of ten books.

This month, I’m finally satisfied with my book haul:

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I’ve finally got my hands on the book at the top of my wish-list: Seraphina!!!

Ever since I read the synopsis of Seraphina by a local book blogger, I’ve always wanted to get a copy for myself. After more than one year of patience, that title showed up in the bookshop I always frequent. I could just spend an entire day looking at that gorgeous cover!

I also bought Library of Souls, book three of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. A great pity I couldn’t get the first and second books of the trilogy. I’m certainly gonna find a day to read both Seraphina and Library of Souls.

I also got River Angel by Manette Ansay, Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen, The Ringmaster’s Daughter by Jostein Gaarder and Paradise Fields by Katie Fforde. A good book haul in my opinion this month.

I’m gonna work hard in May too. Happy reading everybody!

March Wrap-Up

March has been a pretty hectic month for me, what’s with all the university applications and my work as well. I know this shouldn’t be an excuse for not reading more, and I’m not trying to give excuses, but I know that I haven’t read that many books this month and I’m feeling kinda down and disappointed with myself.

I’ve managed to read only four books this month. *gasp* What have I been doing with my life the past month? Easy, apart from working, I’ve been spending my time living between the lines of those four books. I’ve spent loads of time living in the fictional world. So much that the real world seems fictional to me now. Haha…

So these are the books I’ve managed to read this month ( The titles are linked to my review):

  1. Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton (Interview with the author here)
  2. Mordraud Book One by Fabio Scallini
  3. Mordraud Book Two by Fabio Scallini
  4. Heart Healer by Leslie Bowes

Well, those are all the books. I sure hope that I can accomplish far more in April and that the Rainbow of Books will be more busy (which means that I will be posting more frequently).

Happy Reading,

Olivia