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Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s theme is Books on my Autumn TBR (or Spring depending on your hemisphere). This was quite difficult, because I don’t usually plan out my TBR’s to more than just the few I want to focus on during the month. But I suppose these are the 10 books I would really like to finish during the next three months. Apologies if there are any crossovers between the books mentioned here, and in my latest TBR post.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Quotes

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s focus is on favourite quotes, and oh boy do I have so many quotes that I have loved over the years. I even have a notebook dedicated to writing my favourites in every so often, so choosing just ten to highlight is no easy feat. I would also like to point out that these are in no particular order!

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February Wrap Up & March TBR

So I know I sort of disappeared towards the end of last year, a lot went down in my personal life, and I just had no time for blogging or bookstagram. My 2.5 year relationship ended, I had to move all my stuff back home, I had to deal with the breakup, I also got a proper adult full-time job, so that had a lot of adjustments of its own. So yeah things have been insanely hectic since October 2017. However, I think things are finally evening out and I now can start dedicating pockets of time to my book hobbies, which makes me really happy.

I can’t promise I will be completely consistent, but I am going to try to make sure at least one post a week goes up, but I won’t let myself feel bad if something comes up stopping that from happening.

So without further ado my first wrap up for 2018!

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The covers to all the books I read in February 2018

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Mid Year Book Haul 2017

Mid year book haul, all the book I bought from january 2017 to June 2017

I haven’t been able to do any haul posts on here, because I am constantly putting myself on super strict book buying bans. Which I broke, exponentially last month.

This means I now have the fun job of finding space on my already quite full bookcase for these lovelies, but I also get to share what I got with you guys.

So I thought the best way for me to do hauls would be if I just did a post every six months so that enough books would acuminate to be worth mentioning.

Let me know what you think.

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The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer | Review

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The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer, held in front of a building under construction and a tree.

 4 stars

“From what I’ve seen, it isn’t so much the act of asking that paralyses us–it’s what lies beneath: the fear of being vulnerable, the fear of rejection, the fear of looking needy or weak. The fear of being seen as a burdensome member of the community instead of a productive one. It points, fundamentally, to our separation from one another.” 

This book was incredibly different to what I expected, but in a way it was also much more. At first, I had thought it would be a mild advice book, backed up with analogies from her life. However, it was more of a memoir than self help, but that doesn’t mean you cant learn from Amanda’s experiences.

The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help is a very in-depth look into the life of Amanda Palmer up close, personal, and without a filter. It proves that even though she lives an insane life, and is very well known musician. She is just a person, like you and me. She is flawed, makes mistakes, and has fears and anxiety about life, just like everybody else. Which is why it was exactly what I needed to read, much of what she said resonated strongly with me.

Rock star, crowd funding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passers-by for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring). And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the world’s most successful music Kickstarter.

Even while Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for-as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. She learns that she isn’t alone in this, that so many people are afraid to ask for help, and it paralyses their lives and relationships. In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of THE ART OF ASKING.” (Summary from Goodreads)

“As I moved through my life as a statue and later as a musician, I started to understand. There’s a difference between wanting to be looked at and wanting to be seen.” 

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June Wrap Up & July TBR

Welcome to my monthly book wrap up and TBR. June was a fair effort and as I write this, I am two books ahead of schedule according to Goodreads. Therefore, I am pleased with that.

June was a great month, I attended Supanova and met two authors, so keep an eye out for a post all about that. I got a LOT of new books last month, from the mail and second hand. I also recently signed up to Netgalley, so I have started to read a couple eARC’s, and I’m excited about the opportunities that could eventually bring.

In June I read three books, I had planned on four, but like I mentioned above I am currently ahead of schedule so I’m okay with this.

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  • The Secret Circle: The Temptation by L.J. Smith. I have now completed the series, and oh boy did it take a turn. I only recently realised that the last few books weren’t actually written by the original author but were taken away from her and given to someone else but they still printed her name on the cover. This is just awful. These books weren’t the best, but they were nice filler for when I was out and wanted to read something on my phone. Therefore, in protest for the treatment of the author, I shan’t be reviewing the series on my blog because I don’t condone the treatment of the author and therefore won’t give any more support to the series. I am glad I know how it wrapped up. However, I probably won’t be rereading this in the future.
  • Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman. I picked this book up this month at a bookstall at Supanova and just had to read it. I adore Neil Gaiman and the way he can spin a tale. However, this felt like it was missing the Gaiman twist, his spark to take something and remake it. I suppose maybe he was limited with what he could do with this, and sure, the writing was spot on it just read the same as any Hansel & Gretel The images did add an entire level of eerie to the mix. Overall, I quite enjoyed the book it just left me wanting.
  • The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I feel a lot of melancholy being done with this series; I enjoyed this trilogy more than the Mortal Instruments series (which I still have one book to get through). I loved the atmosphere that being set in Victorian London brought with it. I loved the characters and even though it had another clichéd love triangle, I thought this was handled much better than the original series. It saddens me that it’s all wrapped up. In fact, the epilogue had me literally sobbing I experienced so many emotions. I’m a sucker for the time-lapse montage, so this just hit me right in the heart, Would highly recommend this series, especially since you don’t have to read the other series for it to make sense.

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May Wrap Up & June TBR

 

I know it is a bit late in the month to be posting this. However, I made a promise to myself to post a wrap up each month this year, and I want to keep it.

I seem to have hit my stride, reading wise, so to say. In April, I did really well, and the streak continues. Last month I read four book, which isn’t as good as April’s five but still better than the one book in March.

Considering I’m still on low shifts and minimal work, I have more time to myself to read, though currently reading has been battling for my attention ever since I took up knitting again. I wish I could do both, and maybe there is a way, it would just require some balancing. So, if anyone knows any tips to knit and read simultaneously please let me know.

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The Book Blogger TMI | Book Tag

Photo I took for the Book Blogger TMI tag.

I found The Book Blogger TMI tag on Spines and Covers and thought it would be the perfect way to celebrate my one-year bookstagram anniversary. I can’t believe it has been a year, I definitely think my account has grown and changed over the year, and I would like to think that I have improved.

How old are you?

I’m twenty-two.

What book are you reading?

I’m currently reading Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I’m going back and forth between the two.

What are you wearing?

A grey oversized shirt and leggings.

OTP?

I would have to say Cath and Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

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