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    May '19 wrap up

    Good morning bookworms! Is it just me, or is this year going crazy-fast?! May wrap-up So, I read 7 books in May, which is definitely my smallest monthly count for this year so far. I am still having a crazy fantasy-slump… so I decided to read a lot of enemies-to-lovers contemporary / romance books to combat it! Book Author Series…

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    May '19 book haul

    Good morning bookworms! We are getting back to our regularly scheduled content now… Our new normal categories are as follows: book boxes book purchases (book mail, instore and digital) review copies (book mail and digital), and bookish merch (book related, but not actual books) I subscribe to three monthly boxes: OwlCrate, FairyLoot and the book-only subscription for LitJoy. Here is…

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    O.W.L.s read-a-thon wrap-up 2019

    Good morning book wizards and witches! Holy moly! Thank god that’s over. WHYYYYY do I think that signing up for reading challenges is a good idea? I am a MOOD READER. I am BAD at this. Let’s go see what I actually read this month, and then we can discuss how I am NOT *spoiler alert* going to be an…

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    O.W.L.s Read-a-thon TBR 2019

    Good morning book wizards and witches! Today I was going to post my book haul for March, but that got pushed back so that I can announce my OWLs read-a-thon TBR! So, if you don’t know about O.W.L.s you can click on my post from last year HERE, or you can go watch G @ Book Roast‘s video HERE. Careers…

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    ABC Book Challenge: F

    Good morning bookworms! GUYS!! It’s my 300th post!! Thanks for hanging out with me for so long!! 💕💕 During 2019 I am participating in the ABC Book Challenge! Previous letters: A | B | C | D | E Please keep in mind that books that literally start with ‘A’, ‘An’ or ‘The’ will be posted in the group of the…

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    ABC Book Challenge: D

    Good morning bookworms! During 2019 I am participating in the ABC Book Challenge! Previous letters: A | B | C Please keep in mind that books that literally start with ‘A’, ‘An’ or ‘The’ will be posted in the group of the second word, as per the A-Z Reading Challenge, and my entire movie collection. Without any further ado, let’s…

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    December ’18 book haul

    HAPPY NEW YEAR BOOK NERDS!! Before we get started, I just want to say thanks for all your support last year – you guys are the greatest. Also, 2018 can go jump in a lake. Bring on 2019! (FYI, it was mostly just December that was awful, but this year will be better!!) As usual, we are splitting this into…

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    Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests Read-a-thon ’18-19

    In August of this year I did my OWLs, and it has taken me this long to recover! However, I’ve been saying for a while now that I would like to do my NEWTs in January, so here we are. Now, if you have zero idea what the hell I’m talk about, please, let me inform you. Gintare over at…

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    Top 5… fantasy

    Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘fantasy (YA or adult)’. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics we have coming up! Shanah, you are EVIL!!! How can you make me pick only five??? I have…

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    June ’18 wrap-up and July TBR

    Jeez… July 4 already and I still haven’t posted my June wrap-up! Where does the time go? I’m feeling more and more like the white rabbit every month! I have to admit, that reading slump I was on during the the second half of May, totally spilled over into June. I didn’t read anything until 22 June (well, I read…

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    June ’18 book haul

    Birthday month!  🎉🎁🍰🎈🥂🎊 Which means that I got a LOT of books this month. Please sit back, and enjoy the splurge… As usual, we are splitting this into three sections: book boxes, book mail, and in-store book purchases (which will also include in-person gifts this month). June book boxes So, turns out most of my book boxes for June are delayed.…

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    Top 5… green, blue and purple covers!

    ARGH!! Monday was a public holiday in Australia (happy birthday Queenie!), so I thought that tomorrow was Tuesday so I nearly missed this week’s post! Luckily I saw Shanah’s post which reminded me I hadn’t finished mine yet!! Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘green, blue and purple covers’, and is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic…

  • Night Study

    Night Study – Maria V Snyder

    Release date: 26 January 2016 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Night Study (Study series #5; Soulfinder series #2; Chronicles of Ixia #8) blurb: Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril.  But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before.  As…

  • Shadow Study

    Shadow Study – Maria V Snyder

    Release date: December 2014 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Shadow Study (Study series #4; Soulfinder series #1; Chronicles of Ixia #7) blurb: Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler.  But she’d survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.  Now she uses her…

  • Spy Glass

    Spy Glass – Maria V Snyder

    Release date: 1 September 2010 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Spy Glass (Glass series #3; Chronicles of Ixia #6) blurb: Opal Cowan had been willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her friends and rid the world of blood magic.  Though she survives, she is forever changed… Opal has lost her powers.  More than that, she…

  • Sea Glass

    Sea Glass – Maria V Snyder

    Release date: 1 September 2009 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Sea Glass (Glass series #2; Chronicles of Ixia #5) blurb: Glass Magician Opal Cowan’s newfound ability to steal a magician’s powers has made her too powerful in the eyes of the Council.  Despite being under house arrest, Opal travels to the Moon Clan’s lands in search of…

  • Storm Glass

    Storm Glass – Maria V Snyder

    Release date: 1 May 2009 Rating: ★★★★★★ – 6/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Storm Glass (Glass series #1; Chronicles of Ixia #4) blurb: As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowan understands trial by fire.  Now it’s time to test hr mettle.  Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan, killing their most powerful magicians.  The Stormdancers – particularly the mysterious and…

  • Fire Study – Maria V Snyder

    Release date: 19 February 2008 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Fire Study (Study series #3; Chronicles of Ixia #3) blurb: The apprenticeship is over – now the real test has begun When word that Yelena is a soulfinder – able to capture and release souls – spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy.  Already Yelena’s unusual abilities and…

  • Magic Study

    Magic Study – Maria V Snyder

    Release date: 1 October 2006 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Magic Study (Study series #2; Chronicles of Ixia #2) blurb: You know your life is complicated when you miss your days as a poison taster… With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be united with the family she’d been stolen from long ago, Yelena…

  • Poison Study by Maria V Snyder

    Poison Study – Maria V Snyder

    Release date: 1 October 2005 Rating: ★★★★★★★ – 7/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Poison Study (Study series #1; Chronicles of Ixia #1) blurb: On the eve of her execution for murder, Yelena Zaltana is offered an incredible reprieve – on the condition that she becomes the food taster for the military leader of Ixia, Commander Ambrose. Avoiding poison is the…