Bout of Books 17

boutofbooks-august-2016This is me officially signing up!

I always try my hardest to take part in two readathons, Bout of Books Readathon and Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. Because BOB spans a week, its super low pressure and this time, I am going to include all the books that I read with my nephew for his homework!

Like always, here is the official blurb:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

So make sure you go ahead and join us! I’ll be posting my TBR sometime soon, with my goals for the readathon week.

Ciao for now,
Shaz xo

Monthly Wrapup & TBR | Jul-Aug 2016

july-wrapup-august-tbrKia ora everyone!

I’ve received a couple of books for review and I won a book competition, so I’ve got lots of new books to my shelf. My reading has definitely slowed down with my course work underway. With yesterday’s release of #CursedChild, I have discovered that my 7 yr old nephew (the neff) is interested in Harry Potter. #LOVE!!! He even turned his stick fishing rod into a wand. I’m thinking of re-reading the series again, with a chapter or two each night. This month I finally completed the audiobook series, and I must say, I have really enjoyed listening to Stephen Fry. So what have I read?

UPDATE on Goodreads Reading Challenge: I have read 63 out of 100 books. Only 5 books ahead. Uh-oh!

Books I read in July:

  1. Finding Audrey by Sopie Kinsella
  2. I am not Esther by Fleur Beale
  3. I am Rebecca (I am not Esther #2)
  4. Flutter by Tenzen Momoko
  5. Being Magdalene (I am not Esther #3)
  6. Tahoe: He pakiwaitara mo Hinemoa raua ko Tutanekai
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (audiobook)

Books to be read in August:

  1. The Dragon and the Taniwha by Manying Ip
  2. Longing and Belonging by Edwina Pio
  3. Dewey Decimal Classification volumes. Yep, I’m doing librarian studies 🙂
  4. The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel (for review)
  5. The Secret of Spirits Bay by Stephen Barker (for review)

What’s on your TBR this month?

Shaz xoxo


Monthly Wrapup & TBR | Jun-July 2016

june-wrapup-july-tbrKia ora everyone!

Here is my monthly wrap up. Yes, and I’m a little late with my July TBR. But what’s a week or two between bookish friends?

UPDATE on Goodreads Reading Challenge: I have read 57 out of 100 books. What can I say? With so many distractions, like Pokemon Go, it has been hard to read…

I don’t seem to have enough time in my day anymore for all the things I want to put energy into, like studies. I had high hopes for this semester, but it’s already week 2 and I haven’t got the readings done I had planned to do early. Is this such a thing as Mid Year Slump?


Books I read in June:

  1. Lumberjanes #4 by Noelle Stevenson
  2. The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  3. Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer
  4. Matariki by Melanie Drewery
  5. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Books to be read in July:

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. I am not Esther by Fleur Beale
  3. The Dragon and the Taniwha by Manying Ip
  4. Longing and Belonging by Edwina Pio

Currently reading:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (audiobook)
  2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  3. I am Rebecca (I am not Esther #2) by Fleur Beale

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #11

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a weekly meme hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous Books.

Kia Ora and Happy Hump Day!

What are months? Honestly, time is just disappearing! I wish it wouldn’t. I could do with an extra day or two to hide in a cubby hole and finish assignments.

In Bookish News,

  1. I received a few books for review this week. They are Stephen Barker’s The Secret of Spirits Bay, The Riddle of the Stones and Deadwater Lane.
  2. In my last Bookish Thoughts I mentioned my new job as a Library Assistant. I am working in an academic library, and really enjoy working alongside students and staff.
  3. Over on Goodreads, I’m hosting a Book Pool challenge in the Book Loving Kiwis Group. You can read all about it in my previous post. It started 1 Jun and ends 31 July, so you’ve still got time to join us.
  4. I’ve been reading Captain Underpants to Neff. I didn’t realise so many adults are trying to ban it from our libraries and bookstores. It does have potty-mouth humour. But I think it’s harmless and hilarious. Neff loves it and if it keeps him reading, it’s sticking around 🙂

In Not So Bookish News,

  1. My decision to return to full time study is kicking me in the BUTT! I probably should have considered that my new job would take a lot of my energy in the first few months until I got on my feet. But now that I am settled into work, new opportunities have come up.
  2. My hubby and I are now caring for our nephew, as of a few days ago. He starts school tomorrow and TBH, I would rather dedicate the next few weeks to settle him into life living with us, than study.
  3. Our car is at the shop this week. Hubby bumped into another car at the lights and the bumper came off. The other car, totally unnecessarily, took his car in and we had to pay the excess. There was nothing wrong with his car! So we put our car in too. Might as well, only one excess payment. Our car also needs a service… time is not on our side. Busy busy busy. We need our car.
  4. Bookishly Boisterous in her latest Bookish Thoughts post talks about getting a massage and how weird that is. I can totally relate. There is a lady who comes into work and offers mirimiri every couple of weeks. It lasts 30 minutes and can be done with your top still on (or topless, whatever you prefer). I don’t think I’m quite ready to go in yet. Maybe in another month or two!

That’s enough from me. I need to get my nose in a book, like Pronto. People are kicking my butt in the Book Pool. Catchya later!

xoxo Sharlene

Monthly Wrapup & TBR | May-June

may-wrapup-june-tbrKia ora everyone! June has come around so quickly. We are halfway through the year and it’s a good time to take stock of all the reading we have done to make sure we are on target for the end of the year.

Goodreads Reading Challenge: I have read 53 out of 100 books. It say’s I am 11 books ahead of schedule and I hope to keep it that way until December.

Day Zero Project: I have completed 13 out of 101 bookish things. But luckily I have until March 2018 to get them all done. Not as far as I would like to be, but it’s a start.

I don’t have any readathons this month, but I am taking part in a two-month long Book Pool over at Book Loving Kiwis. There are like 50 books to choose from. I can’t wait to get into my pile of books for that.

I have another 3 assignments due this month, 2 are due this week. Eek! Like last month, once I’ve knocked out those, I hope to get some serious reading in.

Books I read in May:

  1. The Hueys in: What’s the Opposite?
  2. Revenants: The Odyssey Home
  3. Lumberjanes, volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy
  4. Saga, volume 1
  5. Soundless by Richelle Mead
  6. Lumberjanes, volume 2: Friendship to the Max
  7. Saga, volume 2
  8. Lumberjanes #3 <– i think this is a different series to the volumes I’ve started?
  9. Saga, volume 3
  10. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (audiobook)

Books to be read in June:

  1. Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer
  2. Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
  3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  5. I am Rebecca by Fleur Beale
  6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  7. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Currently reading:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (audiobook)
  2. I am not Esther by Fleur Beale