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Spending my gift vouchers

Hello lovely followers,

Last month I was lucky enough to get Amazon vouchers, not only for Christmas but for my birthday too. My family and friends know me so well! 🙂

As you can see from my “So, What’s on my Kindle” page , I have read and absolutely loved standalone stories as well as book series from a number of different authors. Both Amazon and Goodreads e-mail me when authors that I’ve read before release new titles (very kind of them) so I know that a couple of my authors released books in December and so guess what I spent some of my vouchers on… lol!

a-stone-kissed-sea-by-elizabeth-hunterA Stone-Kissed Sea (Elemental World #4)

by Elizabeth Hunter (Goodreads Author)
Released 6th December 2016

An immortal wanderer. A brilliant scientist. A centuries-old menace written in blood.

Lucien Thrax, son of the earth and child of the ancients, is a healer of immense power. But years of work on a deadly vampire virus have not led to a cure, nor have they softened the wall he built around his heart. When he’s forced to work with Doctor Makeda Abel, Lucien is convinced he’s reached his limit of patience with humanity.

Makeda Abel may be human, but she’s far from impressed with the brooding vampire healer, even if his mind draws her reluctant admiration. She’s learned how to survive in the immortal world, and it’s not by being afraid. Working together may lead them to answers, but it also pushes Lucien and Makeda’s attraction to the boiling point.

When nightmares become reality, Makeda will have to trust Lucien with her life. Finding answers has never been more vital. Finding love has never been more deadly. To heal the Elemental World, Lucien and Makeda must follow ancient paths and ask for help from the most inhuman of immortals. Because even with a cure in hand, the battle has only begun.

one-fell-sweep-by-ilona-andrewsOne Fell Sweep

(Innkeeper Chronicles #3)

by Ilona Andrews (Goodreads Author)
Released on 20th December 2016

Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, is glad to have you. We cater to particular kind of guests, the ones most people don’t know about. The older lady sipping her Mello Yello is called Caldenia, although she prefers Your Grace. She has a sizable bounty on her head, so if you hear kinetic or laser fire, try not to stand close to the target. Our chef is a Quillonian. The claws are a little unsettling, but he is a consummate professional and truly is the best chef in the Galaxy. If you see a dark shadow in the orchard late at night, don’t worry. Someone is patrolling the grounds. Do beware of our dog.

Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your host, Dina Demille, will defend you at all costs. We ask only that you mind other guests and conduct yourself in a polite manner.

Source: Goodreads | New Releases for *Tabytha* December 2016 (my authors)

faery-red-lily-bye-for-now1111Both of these books continue series and it was quite a while ago that I read the previous book,s so I think I will have a bit of skim reading to do so that I can refresh my memory with the various characters/plot etc.

We live in an interact world, so you can check out my progress on by clicking on my profile at Goodreads.


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Goodreads Reading Challenge

Hello my lovely followers,

If you’ve meandered around Tabytha’s Universe, you will know that I like to read; that’s what this post is all about – what I’ve read this year. 😉

As some of you may also already know, I’ve been busy working through a professional qualification this year (as I type this, I’ve got my fingers crossed hoping that I have passed my final assessment and thus am a qualified level 3 teaching assistant – I won’t find out until mid-January) so I’ve haven’t had my nose stuck in my Kindle as much as usual this year, although I have read many teaching related articles and books, however, my point is, I signed up to the 2016 Reading Challenge on Goodreads back at the beginning of the year and set my reading goal to a paltry one book a month. Easy, I thought, I can read 12 books with my eyes shut (I think there’s a joke in there about audio books) but as it turned out my research and assignments keep me busier that I had expected!

faery-red-lily-bye-for-now1111Having said that, I feel that Fate has been on my side! I have been very lucky as my friend, and amazing romance author, Mandy Baggot has released two books this year – thank you Mandy for helping with my reading goal. Lol!

So, finally with just a couple of weeks to spare, I managed to complete the Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge and have read 12 books this year. I thought you might like to see which ones they were…

A note on the Goodread’s Star Rating system:

1star = I did not like it

2star = It was OK

3star = I liked it

4star = I really liked it

5star = I loved it!



9 Ridiculous Things You’ve Probably Done While Engrossed In A Book – mylittlebookblog

Hello Lovely Followers,

I subscribe to quite a few blog of fellow readers here on WordPress. I just had to re-blog this from mylittlebookblog, she made me smile and I’m guilty of doing a number of things on her list. 😉

faery-red-lily-bye-for-now1111I hope you enjoy her post as much as I did.

 

 

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Hello readers, I hope you’re enjoying this slightly more relaxed and creative style to my blog at the moment. I do desperately want to make more exciting posts, take more of my own photograph and blog about more interesting and exciting bookish things. Today I wanted to talk about things that us readers do that are a bit silly when we’re utterly engrossed in a book! ENJOY.

1. Stayed up all night and embarrassingly fallen asleep on the way to work the next day.

We have alllllllll done this I feel.  When you start reading a book at say half 9 and by the time you sit up to breathe for a minute you realise it is past midnight and you have WORK TOMORROW. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

2. Forgotten to eat for hours on end.

and then, as you sit up and take into your understanding that you’ve been reading for 2.5 hours, your tummy suddenly jumps into action like ‘OMG WE’RE SO HUNGRY, WHY HAVEN’T WE EATEN.’

3. or not gone to the bathroom for an unhealthy amount of time.

Then your bladder joins in and is like ‘hey guys, sorry to interrupt you deciding whether you’re going to be good and eat rice cakes or devour an entire tub of ice-cream but we need to go. So let’s do that first please.

4. Fallen up and/or down the stairs, walked into something/someone with your face in a book.

Now this one, I’m not sure is just me? but I have definitely walked into people, fallen up stairs and also down stairs. I just find you get so engrossed it’s impossible to pull your nose out to function like a normal human being.

5. Hiding in the bathroom to read at work or Forgotten you’ve got waaaaaay over your lunch break reading.

I’ve only hidden in the bathroom once to read a book because I tend to try to be more productive although I would love to read all day. I do however sometimes go over my lunch break because I just get too involved and just have to read to the next chapter. EVERY TIME.

6. Thrown something violently across the room.

I think this is probably a GOT type thing, when people die or something, not that imma into GOT. However there were certain moment in HP where I felt like tearing a book apart (okay not really,) but you know the feeling.

7. MISsing your STOP on public transport…MULTIPLE TIMES.

This used to happen to me allll the time, but it’s less so now because I tend to only take London Midland trains and every two seconds they scream at you which stop you’re at. However, on buses or on tubes I used to miss my stop all the goddamn time and depending where you are, that can be really bloody frustrating. Is this just me?

8. MISSED AN EVENT OR CANCELED A BIG DATE TO STAY HOME AND READ.

I very rarely do this anymore because lots of people have moved away from me so I do get kinda lonely quite regularly. However, back at university if I had been working allllll day on essays or on university based reading I would often just get out of nights-out to snuggle down and get some reading done.

9. Forgot that you’re in public and laughing/sighing/groaning whilst you’re reading….And also ugly-crying…like REALLY UGLY-crying…

This is probably the most embarrassing, especially the ugly crying, but sometimes when you just can’t contain yourself and you just need to let it allllllll out. In public, on a bus, with everyone is staring #life.

So there we go 9 Ridiculous Things You’ve Probably Done While Engrossed In A Book. Can you relate to any or these? Or all of these? Let me know if there’s any I’ve forgotten and have a wonderfully beautiful Friday lovelies.

Source: 9 Ridiculous Things You’ve Probably Done While Engrossed In A Book – mylittlebookblog