December 2017 TBR

In my November 2017 TBR I said that my TBR list for November and December were huge. When I said that I was not kidding because my TBR list originally for December was simply Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters book series. My plan was to read them in publication order. Which would mean that the order is:

  • City of Bones
  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass
  • Clockwork Angel
  • City of Fallen Angels
  • Clockwork Prince
  • City of Lost Souls
  • Clockwork Princess
  • The Bane Chronicles
  • City of Heavenly Fire
  • Tales From Shadowhunder’s Academy
  • Lady Midnight
  • Lord of Shadows
  • The Shadowhunters Codex

Now things haven’t gone according to plan. Due to the fact that I am taking a course that takes up a lot of time and working I just didn’t have as much time as I had hoped. There is also the fact that I seen the news on Cassandra Clare’s Instagram that Queen of Air and Darkness is coming out December 4 2018. I am super excited about the release but that also changes my reading plans. So what is my December TBR now?

December 2017 TBR 2.0

I have kind of hit a point where I don’t know what I want to read. That being said my goal is to finish the Harry Potter series, ‘Vampire Knight Memories’ Volume 1 by Matsuri Hino and read ‘My True Love Gave to Me’ by Stephanie Perkins. For Harry Potter I need to read Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hollows.

I do plan to read more then just these 5 books but I don’t know which books. I do have a shelf on my TBR bookshelf that has books on it that I am interested getting to sooner rather then later.

So that’s it. I’m kind of confused about what I want to read. I guess you’ll have to wait to see what I read this month for the reviews and the end of month wrap up.

I hope you all have a great reading month!

November 2017 Wrap Up

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Goal: read all 7 Harry Potter books and Vampire Knight Memories Volume 1 by Matsuri Hino

Total Books Read: 5

Total Books DNFed: 0

Total Pages Read: 1,498

So I didn’t meet the goal. But that’s fine because I am really happy with all the books I’ve read. I did make it through about half of the Harry Potter series and because of that I can’t say what the books are about and I think most know what the series is about. Therefore I’m just going to give you my rating and some of what I liked.

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Complicated Us by Ashlyn, Raju Jana, and Khushboo Rani Mahato

This is the lowest rated book for this month at four stars. This book does have grammatical errors fair warning. We follow Khushi and Ashwin and how their relationship develops and grows.  This is a kind of slice of life romance. We get to see both the high points and the low points. I was pretty emotional while reading this.

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Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

This was a five star read for me. I really enjoy the magic system and love how random it is.

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

Another five stars. I really like that Rowling didn’t just write characters that we are ment to like. I love Dobby and was so excited that we meet him in this book.

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Can you guess how many stars this got? That’s right! Five! Just like the other two books this was heartwarming. But this is the book where the series got significantly better.

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

Yet again another five stars. I don’t know what it was about this book but it made me feel really anxious and I really wanted to cry at one part. I know this is a sort of set up book for the rest of the series but it wasn’t the usual set up book where its not that interesting.

 

There you have it! So I’m almost half way through Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix but I’m just going to count it in my December wrap up. I want to keep my monthly wrap ups just about the books that I’ve completely finished and the total number of pages of the books that I’ve completely finished.

Any who! I hope that you are all having an amazing day.

Book Review: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (Spoiler Free)

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As I think most people know this is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series and because of that I can’t really say what happens. If your here for some spoilers your not going to find really any.

So I ended up giving this five stars. However, I liked Prisoner of Azkaban more. I was really surprised by this because its the opposite with the movies. I really liked how there was more insight into the wizard world with the World Cup, students from other magic schools showing up at Hogwarts, and some more about the Dark Arts. It was great that we found out more about Hagrid and see his character develop more. My favorite small thing that happened in this book was Dobby at Christmas. I don’t know if anyone could not like that part its just too adorable.

I want to start to include quotes that I really like form the book if I find any just because I already have a journal where I put them. Sadly for Goblet of Fire I don’t have any. There are some through the book that I found to be interesting and help to build the world but I’m not going to include quotes like that. I’m not sure how that’s going to work with manga but we’ll see. So keep an eye out for some quotes in the future.

What do you think of Harry Potter and the Giblet of Fire? Let me know what you think down below. Otherwise I hope you have an amazing day.

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (Spoiler Free)

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As some of you may know I’ve been reading the Harry Potter series for the first time this month. I like to think that I’m not doing to bad with my TBR but I do know that there is pretty much no chance at this point to complete it. That is unless I magically get through the last four Harry Potter in the next 13 days and read Vampire Knight Memories Volume 1 before December first and finish off the course I’m doing. So I’m expecting that some of the series is going to carry over to my December TBR.

Anyways I ended up giving this book five stars. For me this is the book where the series just got all the better. It actually took me less time to read this one then the other two. Just like the first two it was heartwarming. Hagrid is so amazing and I loved him in this book. Of course I loved a certain scene between Harry and another character (if you have read this you know who I mean). The more I read these books the more I realize they read like a Stephan King book. Not with the writing style or topic but with the fact that the main “exciting” part doesn’t happen till the last half to last quarter of the book. This isn’t a bad thing at all its just something I have noticed but with this book it wasn’t as noticeable. I don’t know what else to say. There was no part that was super surprising but I have also seen the movies more times then I can count.

If you want to tell me what you thought of the book or how your TBR is going leave a comment down below. Otherwise have a wonderful day!

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (Spoiler Free)

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So it took me close to two weeks to read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets but I did it! I’m so happy that I’m finally getting around to read this series and am really enjoying it.

I ended up giving this book five stars just like the first one. Since I seen the movie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, it hasn’t been my favorite out of the series. As for the book I liked it more then the movie. Significantly. I found this to be really heartwarming and pretty interesting. I ended up hating some characters but I think those characters were written to be hated. If you know have read this book you know who I mean. I’m just going to say that I absolutely LOVE Dobby and going into this series I was really looking forward to the parts where Dobby is involved in. Reading this I was way more emotionally affected by this book then I was with the first one. It wasn’t an emotional rollercoaster or anything like that but it still had a lot of moments that just get you in the feels.

If you haven’t guessed it I’m going to continue with the series. SO! Stay tuned for future reviews. Also follow me on instagram at comfortablyinbetween if you want to of course. Other then that feel free to comment down below if you want and have an amazing day!

Book Review: Complicated Us by Ashlyn, Raju Jana, and Khushboo Rani Mahato (Spoiler Free)

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I’m excited to say that I was contacted by Khushboo Rani Mahato to review this book. Of course I said I would and received the PDF file, thankfully since I don’t have an e-reader. Of course I looked this up on Goodreads and this book just came out October 30th 2017. So that’s really awesome that it’s a newer book. Anyways! Here is my synapsis of the book.

Our main characters, Khushi and Ashwin, are brought together by social media and start developing a relationship. We fallow these two as they navigate through life and the challenges that are involved. We get to see the way this teenage couple works through very common difficulties that couples their age go through but also we get to see the high points of their relationship. This couple ends up facing a truly difficult decision. What will they do and how will they handle it?

As a disclaimer this is a really short book which makes it a little hard to review and also there are some grammatical errors.

I ended up giving this book four out of five stars. I’m not being generous with my rating just because I was asked to review it. I honestly really liked it. Let’s start with the positives. This is an adorable book. Plain and simple. It was really interesting to see the relationship between Khushi and Ashwin and how they handle things. I found the relationship to be really relatable which means I was on an emotional rollercoaster. There were times when I was cheering on the couple, times where I wanted to slap Khushi and Ashwin and tell them to grow up, times where I wanted to yell at them, and times where I wanted to cry. This was really impressive since its only 71 pages. Now for the negatives. This falls into the insta love trope. Or at least it seems like it does because of the length of this book. As I said above there are grammatical errors. This bothered me a fair amount mostly because I love languages. The only other thing that I didn’t like was how short it was. When I finished it I was left wanting another 200 pages and for the story to be more in depth because I feel like it could have been a really good longer book or duology.

If you are at all interested in this you can find it on Amazon. I really do suggest it.

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling (Spoiler Free)

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I think at this point in time everyone knows what the Harry Potter series is about because they have seen the movies, read the books or both. So I feel like I don’t need to give a synapsis about any of these books. Since this is such a popular book series I thought I would write a review for each book and then once I read all of them do a whole series review.

The reason I didn’t read these books when I was younger like everyone else was simply because I didn’t have that much interest in any books back then. I was one of those kids who would rather play outside than sit and read. Clearly that has changed.

What did I think about the book? It was cute. I really like how random some of the things in the wizard world are. For example its 17 Sickles to 1 Galleon and 29 Knuts to 1 Sickle.  At times it did feel a little slow but I think that’s its mostly because of the world building and because its JK Rowling’s first book so I don’t really mind. Honestly you can’t be too hard on an author with their fist book. Otherwise, it was really good. I ended up giving it five stars. Once things really started to get going I didn’t want to put the book down. Part of that was probably because there was about a hundred pages left at that point. Which is good if your finding the first part slow because once you read the first half the second goes by really fast. Yes that’s suppose to be kind of a joke even if its a bit true. From what I remember about the movie since its been more then a year since I watched it last the book and the movie was pretty similar. Its really hard to talk about such a short book without giving away big events in the book. It definitely should be a book that everyone reads because I think that no matter how old someone is they will enjoy it.

Stay tuned everyone for the review of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to be up soon!

November 2017 TBR and My New Reading Plans

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My New Reading Plans

I had a really hard time trying to decide what to read for November. It took me hours to decide because I have a lot of books on my shelves and was planning on reading Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy before the start of 2018. But I’m not at all in the mood for reading classics right now. So I kind of changed my reading plans for the last two months of the year. Currently the plan is to get through as many of the big series I have on my shelves. This might not happen because that makes my TBR for this month to have 8 books and the TBR for next month to have 14 books. Plus there are some stand alones I want to read within the next two months as well. Keep in mind that right now till the end of November I have a class that I’m working on and it takes a lot of time to do the work. Ultimately I’m not going to rush through the books since the point is to enjoy them and if I finish the books on my November TBR early I’m going to continue on to the books on my December TBR. Also if I don’t finish all the books by 2018 then I will just continue reading them in the new year till its all done.

 

November TBR

Right now I have a total of 8 books on my TBR for this month. Ideally I will get through all these books before the end of November and be able to get through a book or two that are on my December TBR. So here are the 8 books for November:

The Harry Potter Series Books 1-7

Most people I know read this back when I was in elementary school. But I didn’t because back then I didn’t like spending a lot of time reading. I have seen all the movie and really like them but I haven’t rewatched the movies in a couple years and really want to. So why not read the series then watch the movies after.

Vampire Knight Memories Volume 1 by Matsuri Hino

This is a spin off of the main Vampire Knight series. I can’t say much about it other then it continues on after then ending of volume 19. So yes you do need to read all 19 volumes of Vampire Knight to know what and why all this is happening. Also I’m team Zero. The reason its not in the photo is because my friend is borrowing it right now.

I’m not going to say yet what series I want to read in December or the stand alones I want to read before 2018. Sorry. I think I should be able to get through my November TBR pretty quickly. Fingers crossed. If you want to see sneak peak at what’s going on with my reading fallow me on instagram at comfortablyinbetween

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