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Challenge Catch Up And Wrap Up


Can we take a step back for a moment to realise how quickly the month of April has gone because that means that we are now one quarter of the way through 2017.

I know April for me has certainly been an extremely rough month and I think that has certainly come across in all aspects of my life at the moment. In terms of books there has been a dip in the number of books I’ve been reading and I’m not really sticking to any of the TBRs or challenges I’ve set.

At the start of the year, I set myself 6 reading challenges, including my Goodreads goal of 60 books.

1. To read 10 + books on my shelf and tbr that have been there the longest.
2. To either read one classic for every 5 YA or to read as many classics as YA books.
3. To finish any completed series on my shelves.
4. To read at least 2 French books (original or translated).
5. To read at least 3-4 non-fiction books.

At the time I am writing this, thanks to January and February, I am 6 books ahead of my goal which currently stands at 24 out of 60. Percentage wise, I’m 40% through which is surprising now I look at it properly.

Apart from that, I’m not doing great on any of the above challenges. In all honesty, with what has been going with me at the moment I don’t know if I want to rigidly stick to these anymore. They’re not set in stone, they were written before things turned horrendously upside down and I’ve gone back to picking up books based on what I feel like reading. I may come back to them, I may not, but I am past feeling guilty because I’m going with my heart and not my head – cliché I know but that’s the way it is.

Despite that, I do have some favourite books from this quarter and they are:

Strange the Dreamer by Laini TaylorYou're Welcome, Universe by Whitney GardnerAs Old as Time by Liz BraswellCogheart by Peter BunzlWires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa MeyerA Monster Calls by Patrick NessThe Island at the End of Everything

All of these were all rated between 4 and 5 stars!

You’re Welcome Universe
As Old As Time
Wires and Nerve

I mentioned that April was a horrendous and crazy month and with everything that was going on, I only read and finished three books.

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I think I would have read more than three books if this hadn’t taken me over two weeks to read. I loved nearly everything about it but it was slow going – it is definitely one that needs to have a lot of time dedicated to it.  There are a lot of characters, it takes a while to wrap one’s head around the world, and it’s not easy to remember some of the specific details. Nonetheless, I still loved it a lot and Laini Taylor’s writing is as beautiful as always.

Rating – 4 out of 5

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It has been ages since I read this but these last few weeks required a comfort read and in truth I’ve been thinking about re-reading this for a while now. It is one of those books that everyone constantly trashes and whilst I see those flaws in the writing and the story, I don’t consider it to be as bad as it is made out to be. Yeah, it is no longer a book I will instantly gravitate towards but as of this moment, it gave me everything I needed just to help get through things – comfort, familiarity, ease of reading…etc.

Actual rating – 3.5/5
Comfort rating – 5/5

The Island at the End of Everything

This was a spur of the moment read and I mainly picked it up because it was only 288 pages long – one I knew I’d be able to read from beginning to end in a few hours. I will probably have a lot to say about this book at some point but let me say that it is just as beautiful inside as it is on the cover. I didn’t know anything about this book until I read the review segment of The Guardian last week and from the moment I saw the blurb, I knew I had to read it. It reminded me a lot of one of my favourite adult reads (The Island by Victoria Hislop) as the subject matter is virtually the same but with this book, the messages and the events felt more heartbreaking and poignant to me. I can’t recommend this book enough!

Rating – 5/5

And that is it.

I don’t know what will happen in the next few months but I’m hoping things will either get back to normal or start improving.

Thanks for reading and have a good day!

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