Book-buying Bans, TBR Jars, and Camp NaNoWriMo Confusion

Somewhere on this page is (hopefully) a picture of my latest book haul, containing: Cinder by Marissa Meyer(I WILL read the Lunar Chronicles before the fourth book comes out!), The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton(I’m not going to lie, I bought it mainly for the cover; I know it’s set in Amsterdam and everyone loves it, and that’s it), Lola & the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, and These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

For those of you who don’t know(probably most of you), I’m currently on a book-buying ban, as my TBR books have gone from one small pile to three rather large piles in a worryingly short space if time. Well, I’m meant to be on a book-buying ban, but I broke it(again) at the weekend. Now, I thought I’d share how I plan on changing my ban so it’s easier to keep, along with my TBR jar rules.

My book-buying ban was originally meant to be all year, with exceptions towards any books I’ve been waiting for for ages (like Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray-roll on July!). This failed within…well, by February, because I apparently have no self-control! Now, however, I’ve come up with a new plan which will hopefully be easier to keep up with.
March-on the ban (we’ll just let my most recent book haul…*shoves books to bottom of back pile of TBR pile* what book haul?)
April-off the ban
May-on the ban(probably for the best…I need to focus on exams:/)
June-on the ban(exams again:/)
July-off the ban
August-off the ban
September-on it
October-off it
November-off it
December-on it

I will no doubt break this by the second of May, but at least I can say I tried! For my TBR jar, I use the system of reading five books picked by the jar and then choosing one myself. I also give myself two or three picks from the jar if I don’t feel like reading the first one.

And finally, onto Camp NaNoWriMo! I am doing it for the first time this year, which I’m quite excited about. I’ve set up my account, but I can’t change it from April to July, when I’d like to do it. Any suggestions?
Have any of you read the books I’ve hauled today? If anyone is on a ban at the moment, how is it going? Let me know if you’re doing Camp NaNoWriMo, and if you know how to change the dates!
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Frostbite – Review

Title: Frostbite
Author: Richelle Mead
Part of a series? Yes, the second in the Vampire Academy series.
Rating: 3.5 stars


*This review will contain spoilers, so if you haven’t read the first or second VA book and want to, do that and then read this!*

The highlight of this book for me was Adrian Ivashkov, because…well, he’s Adrian Ivashkov! Having read the Bloodlines series before starting this, I was expecting him to be in Vampire Academy, so it was nice to be reunited with a familiar character. I think the fact that I read Bloodlines first effected how much I enjoyed Frostbite, because I sort of knew what the plot twists would be. For example, I was frustrated when it took Rose ages to figure out that Adrian was a spirit user as it was common knowledge in Bloodlines, and I had to keep reminding myself that they didn’t know that. And, as I managed to wind up reading Last Sacrifice first (it was years ago, and I unfortunately didn’t realise that it was the last in the series until about halfway through, and then thought, oh well, I won’t ever read the other books. Thanks past me!), I knew that something bad happens to Mason. However, I thought the scene of his death was really moving, and I loved how Rose refused to let him go.
 
Ah, Rose. On my short Goodreads review, I put that I liked how she was a strong protagonist, and I do still like that, but there were times when she irritated me. I felt like that the sections of her analysing either what just happened or what could happen were at times too long. I’m also still not loving Romitri as much as I thought I would, though I couldn’t say why.

Plot-wise, I thought Frostbite was just as exciting as Vampire Academy, if not more so. The idea that strigoi will now have help in taking down moroi sets up other books well, and the events in Frostbite matured and effected Rose clearly as the story continued. All of the new characters (Tasha, Rose’s mother…ADRIAN…).

Overall, I liked this book, but I think if I hadn’t have read the Bloodlines series (and if I didn’t have a best friend who really loves these books), I may not have carried on with this series. But I’m currently reading Shadow Kiss and enjoying it more, so hopefully I’ll end up loving VA like I love Bloodlines!

Thanks for reading(:

OTPs I ♥

So, I was planning on doing a book review for Frostbite, but I still haven’t finished it. I don’t know why it’s taking me so long, but I’ll hopefully have finished it by the weekend, with a review on Monday. Instead of that, then, I’ve decided to post nine of my favourite OTPs, because who doesn’t love an OTP? These aren’t in any order, as I couldn’t bear to choose between them all!

1. Story-or Rory and Stephen from the Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson. Even though there is barely any real story moments in TSC, I still love them and really hope they work things out in the next Shades of London book.

2. Sydrian-Sydney and Adrian from the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. Oh, these two! They are so wonderful together! I love the way they bring out the best in each other; Sydney helps Adrian deal with spirit and Adrian helps Sydney accept the changes in her life. And Silver Shadows and The Ruby Circle were filled with excellent sydrian moments.

3.Wessa-Will and Tessa from the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. Now, this doesn’t mean I dislike Jessa as a pairing; I just prefer Will and Tessa more. I love all of the scenes Will and Tessa have together, and they are definitely one of my favourite OTPs.

4. Anna & Etienne from Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Does anyone know if they have a pairing name, or do we just say Anna and Etienne? Anyway, the way their relationship develops in this book is beautiful and just makes me want to go to SOAP and make wishes on Point Zèro and kiss in Notre Dame. All of Stephanie Perkins’ novels have the cute couples in, but Anna and Etienne are my favourite.

5. Zammie-or Zach and Cammie from the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. When Zach first appeared, I did not think I would love him and Cammie together as much as I do now, but I really think they work well as a couple, and the way Zach supports her.

6. Gwideon-Gwen and Gideon from the Precious Gemstone trilogy by Kerstin Gier.  I have to admit, I loathed Gideon in Sapphire Blue  for how he treated Gwen, but in Emerald Green he redeemed himself, and by the end of the book I thought they were really sweet together.

7.  Jevie-Jericho and Evie from the Diviners by Libba Bray. The Diviners is one of my favourite books ever, and I am so excited for Lair of Dreams to come out in July. Jevie are one of my OTPs, but I have a feeling that something will split them up in Lair of Dreams…it’s worrying.

These last two aren’t from a book, but they are from a TV show based on a series of books, which counts (right?). They are:

8.  Spoby-Spencer and Toby
And
9. Haleb-Hanna and Caleb
From one of my favourite TV shows, Pretty Little Liars. I love both of these couples, especially Spoby, but season 5 isn’t looking good for one of them, which annoys me. A lot.

That was nine of my favourite OTPs! Are there any on the list you like? Which OTPs are your favourite? Let me know!
Thanks for reading(:

Hello!

Woo, my first blog post(:
Anyway, hi and welcome to my blog. Hopefully I’ll be posting quite regularly about the books I read (which are almost all YA), and other book-related things.

To start off with, I thought I’d post some bookish facts about me:

1. I’ve never read the Harry Potter series-shocking I know! I’ve seen all the films and really like them, but never got round to reading them. However, I now own the first book, and I plan on reading it before the end of the year.

2. I currently own about 240 books-I say about because there were some I forgot to count,and far too many of them are on my TBR pile!

3. When I first read City of Bones, I didn’t really like it-but now the Shadowhunter Chronicles are one of my favourite series!

4. The last book I finished was The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson-and it was excellent! I love the Shades of London series. Has anyone else read it?

5. I’m currently on an unsuccesful book-buying ban-it started in January, ended in February, and is now back on track…for now.

So, that’s it for this post! Thanks for reading(: