2015 Reading Challenge FAIL!


2015 GoodreadsWHAT A FAIL! I had hoped to read 100 books in 2015.

I only managed to read 86 books this year. I one hundred percent blame the big fat month long reading slump I had halfway through the year. I really hope that doesn’t happen in 2016.

I’m pretty much writing off January as I will be finishing up my job in Gisborne, packing up our flat & moving city with my husband. We don’t have a definitive move date and it’s already the 1st Jan 2016.

Although Bout of Books is in a few days… so maybe I can treat myself to a few books if I can get the bulk of packing done by then? Maybe that’s setting a too high expectation on my packing capabilities. I’m more of a slow and steady wins the race type. Wish me luck.

Happy New Year everyone. Wishing us all the best reading year!

Wishlist Wednesday #7 – Xmas Edition

Happy Holidays!

As a booknerd, I don’t have to think about the amount of books I wouldn’t mind tucked under the Christmas tree. There are stacks of books I would love to read, or love to own, so I’ve limited myself to 5. Here are my picks for

Wishlist Wednesday Dec15

#1 – All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This book won the Goodreads Choice for Young Adults. I’ve had it out of the library on ebook twice and I’ve only managed to read a few pages. Just from that though I could ‘feel all the feels’ coming, so I put it aside for when I could really dedicate my time and focus to it. It’s been published for almost a year and I still haven’t read it!

#2 – Confess by Colleen Hoover

I’ve read this and I rated in 5 stars. I’ve even used some of the artwork within for my phone wallpaper. Colleen Hoover writes amazing New Adult Romance. I’ve read a few of her works now and anything new I automatically add it to my TBR because I know it’s going to be great. I wouldn’t mind this on my bookshelf.

#3 – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

This is expected for publication in May 2016, so I know it’s not gonna be under my Xmas Tree but I really enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses. I hadn’t read a retelling of Beauty and the Beast before and I’m not sure if that’s the best way to describe it. I really should learn my lesson and wait to read series when they are complete because I WANT THIS NOW!

#4 – Harry Potter (Boxed Set) by J. K. Rowling

I have never owned the whole series. I’ve got 2 books on my shelf and one is on permanent loan from a friend because I never returned it, lol. The other is a hardcover that I wouldn’t mind owning the boxed set for. So, in honour of #HarryXmasToYou, I wouldn’t mind the boxed set under my Xmas Tree.

#5 – The Great New Zealand Colouring Book

To keep the fire burning for my new passion, I add this NZ Colouring Book to my wishlist. I couldn’t even find it on Book Depository! I love colouring in, and I need to get me some proper pencils and in a wider range of colours. There’s only so much I can do with 12-15 colours, especially when you have themed books like Lost Ocean. How many different ways can you colour the sea?


#HarryXmasToYou | Dec 2015


It’s a readawatchalongathon! Try saying that 3x really fast.
Let’s break it down: Readalong, Readathon, Watchalong, Watchathon. It’s a 4-in-1 special. You’ve got the whole month of December to do all of the above! It’s gonna be FUN! FOLLOW @HarryXmasToYou! OMG. there is even sign ups for Houses on Dec. 1. That’s me!

Ive read the series more than once but each time there are little things that I never remember or hadn’t noticed. Hello Giggles picked up a few & they thought it was worthy to read again!

It’s gonna take a little planning, as I’m still down like 20 books for the goodreads challenge, but WE CAN DO IT! I’m committed to this. I’m spending xmas with the in-laws and I barely get a few pages in, but if it means waking up early or staying up a little later, then I WILL DO IT!

I don’t particularly want to carry the box set around with me, so I’m gonna line up the e-books or audio-books from the library. I’d prefer the audio because I haven’t heard them before and Stephen Fry isn’t bad on the ears. I hope to read the books prior to the watch-alongs, but it’s totally up to you how you wanna take part.

If you wanna watch-along with everyone, all movies will start at 7pm CST (time converter)
1 – Dec 5th
2 – Dec 9th
3 – Dec 12th
4 – Dec 16th
5 – Dec 19th
6 – Dec 23rd
7 part 1 – Dec 26th
7 part 2 – Dec 30th

There’s gonna be a different host for each book, so watch the video below on youtube to get all the host links.

So put it in your calendar now. December 2015: #HarryXmasToYou