From the Cave #3: Guess Who’s Back

Back again. The Reader Dragon’s back. Tell a friend. wow that was embarrassing.

From the Cave is a fortnightly update post to showcase any new books I’ve acquired and what I’m planning on reading next. This is my way of sharing bookish news and updates from the life of your friendly neighbourhood Reader Dragon.

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I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately, what with having an existential crisis and all (yay, adulthood!). I’m all good now, and am actually currently contemplating studying a Cert IV in Library and Information Services. I’ll probably just end up going for it, because even if I don’t immediately enjoy it, it will probably lead to a job that can offer me financial stability, and there’s nothing stopping me studying something else further down the track. If you’ve studied (or are currently studying) Library and Information Services, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

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Never Flinch, Never Fear, uhhh.. Nevermind. [REVIEW]

aboutthebook34503674Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff
Published
 August 09, 2016 by Harper Voyager
ISBN13 9780008179984
RRP $19.99
High Fantasy
Source: Booktopia

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?
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whatithoughtI’ve had this book sitting on my shelf since just after it was first released. I honestly was a bit skeptical about it and only bought it because I found a signed copy for a great price (it’s a problem, I know). After it was then muuuuuch later recommended to me by a few trustworthy sources (my boyfriend being one of them), I decided to finally pick it up. And, well, basically I don’t know if I can trust those sources anymore. (I’m kidding, it wasn’t actually that bad.)

To put it simply, this book wasn’t exactly for me. Or perhaps I should say it almost was. Whilst I haven’t read a whole lot of high fantasy in my reading lifetime, whatever relationship we have has always been a bit rocky. Usually I either can’t wrap my head around the politics that govern the world, or – like in Nevernight‘s case – they’re just too damn descriptive.

Jay Kristoff has a real knack for world-building, I’ll give him that. The world in which Nevernight is set is so incredibly intricate and it completely blows my mind (I MEAN HOW DOES HE DO IT????). Buuuuut in the end, it was this heavily detailed world that ruined it for me. Read More »

It’s Time to Bring that TBR Down!!

For roughly the last five years, I’ve allowed my TBR pile to grow unchecked. A mix of both my job and my inability to control myself has led to an overflowing bookshelf, and I’ve decided that it’s time to do something about it.

I’ve gone through my bookcase a number of times and culled piles of books that I no longer feel relevant to my reading interests, and those that I am truly unlikely to read in a physical format (I may come back to them in either ebook or audiobook form), but this still has left me with an uncontrollable amount of unread books. Let’s fix that.

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Turning the Page: 2018 Reading Resolutions

HEY HI HELLO AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!!!

I always love the start of the year, because it feels so promising, ya know? I am so excited to get this year underway because I have so many things I want to work on. As cliche as it probably sounds, I want to get out and explore more. I want to be more comfortable with who I am and have more confidence in myself. I want to live (lol jk that shit is waaaay too corny).

I don’t know about you guys, but 2017 was a bit of a shitfest for me and my reading really suffered for it. General life really took over this year, and as a result of that and my younger sister having a very serious health scare (don’t worry, she’s okay now!!!), I roughly lost a collective 2-3 months of reading time.

To help make up for that lost time, and to help manage my reading (and my bookshelves!!!!), I thought it might be fun to set a few bookish goals for myself to work through over the course of the year:

1. Complete the Goodreads Reading Challenge (read at least 60 books).

WelpThis sounds super daunting, because I didn’t even scrape 40 last year (I got so close though!), but I know that 60 books is 100% possible because I managed it back in 2016. Sure, that count included a number of comics and whatnot, but I’m hoping to hit this goal just using novels.

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Looking Back: Best & Worst Reads of 2017

I know we’ve still got nearly two weeks left in the year, but if I don’t get this post out now, I’m not going to have the chance because I know the coming few weeks are going to be pretty hectic with work.

Whilst 2017 hasn’t been an altogether bad year, it’s been a bit of a messy one. As a result, it hasn’t been an overly productive year of reading for me. I’d originally hoped to be able to smash out at least 60 novels over the course of the year, but have since had to knock my goal back once to 50, and again to 45, and unless by some miracle, I am not going to make that goal either.

But hey, that leaves a lot of room for improvement next year, doesn’t it?

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The Good (5-Star Reads)

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From the Cave #2: Taking a Short Break

From the Cave is a fortnightly update post to showcase any new books I’ve acquired and what I’m planning on reading next. This is my way of sharing bookish news and updates from the life of your friendly neighbourhood Reader Dragon.

lifeupdatesHello friends! Not a whole lot has happened since I last checked in, except for my birthday last weekend! I turned 23 for anyone that’s curious. Other than that, I’ve been working pretty non-stop and trying to fit reading in during my downtime.

I’m so far behind on my Goodreads reading challenge, so I’m going to try my best over the next two weeks to reach my goal. I might have to cheat a little and read some manga, but hey, it all counts!

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I also wanted to let you guys know that I’ll be taking a short hiatus until the new year. I’m just so swamped with work and I don’t have the brain capacity to blog at the moment. I’ve got one post scheduled to go up within the next week, but after that you won’t hear a peep from me until New Year’s Day. Don’t fret though, because I will be back!Read More »

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart will give you a sweet tooth [REVIEW]

aboutthebook26869768The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
Published
February 22, 2017 by Bloomsbury
ISBN13 9781408880319
RRP $14.99
Middle-Grade Fantasy
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Aventurine is the fiercest, bravest dragon there is. And she’s ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she finds tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw.

But she’s still the fiercest creature in the mountains — and now she’s found her true passion: chocolate! All she has to do is get herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she’ll be conquering new territory in no time…won’t she?addtogr

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whatithoughtDo you ever read a book that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside because it’s just so darn precious? Well, that was The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart for me.

First off, if you ever plan on reading this book, make sure you have chocolate nearby, because you’re going to get the munchies! There is oh-so-much talk of chocolately goodness throughout the entirety of this book, that I guarantee you’ll be craving sweets in absolutely no time at all.Read More »

Waiting on Wednesday #2: Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine, and is a way to showcase our never-ending list of eagerly anticipated upcoming releases. This week I’m waiting on..

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Book 3 in The Rebel of the Sands Trilogy
Releasing on
 February 01, 2018 by Faber & Faber

I read The Rebel of the Sands a couple of months after it was first released back in 2016, and to be completely honest with you, I didn’t think it was anything too special.

Despite that, I still wanted to see where the series was headed, because it did hook me right at the very end (typical, right?).

After reading Traitor to the Throne earlier this year however, my opinion on this series has flipped completely! I absolutely L O V E D it, and now I’m desperate to know how it all ends!Read More »

From the Cave #1: Dec 03, 2017

From the Cave is a fortnightly update post to showcase any new books I’ve acquired and what I’m planning on reading next. This is my way of sharing bookish news and updates from the life of your friendly neighbourhood Reader Dragon.

Hey hi hello and welcome to this new thing I’ve decided to do (so eloquently)! I thought it might be fun to have some sort of recurring feature on my blog. For now this will remain a fortnightly feature, and will be used in place of monthly wrap-ups and TBRs (because I never stick to them lol). I feel that if I make more short-term goals for myself, I’ll have a bit more luck!lifeupdatesI am e x h a u s t e d. This last week has been pretty hectic for me. Not only has it been work work work, but I’ve also had a lot of family and social commitments including a wedding, a 16th birthday, and a 50th wedding anniversary!

My boyfriend and I recently finished watching Marvel’s The Defenders and started watching The Punisher, and we even went out and saw Thor: Ragnarok. 100 emoji @ all. Do recommend. I’m 2 episodes from being up to date on Riverdale, and then I’m going to need to find something else to watch. I did start rewatching The Vampire Diaries (I stopped at about season 5 back when it was still airing), but I’m not sure I’m quite feeling it at the moment. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to know!

I also realised a couple of days ago (with much shock) that next Sunday is my birthday! It’s snuck up on me so quickly, and everyone is now asking what I want and I don’t have a clue! HELPP!!!!Read More »

Waiting on Wednesday #1: Graevale by Lynette Noni

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine, and is a way to showcase our never-ending list of eagerly anticipated upcoming releases. This week I’m waiting on..

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Book 4 in The Medoran Chronicles
Releasing on
 February 01, 2018 by Pantera Press

The Medoran Chronicles is easily one of my favourite series, and the wait for each new installment is EXCRUCIATING!

So far the series hasn’t let me down once and has destroyed every part of my being with its brilliance! Seriously, this series just gets better and better as the story progresses!

My review for book one can be found HERE if you’d like to learn more!Read More »