Austen August: Final Update!

p&penl

It’s the 31st August which means “Austen August”, my first ever hosted read-a-long is officially over! With the final chapter summaries all posted on the goodreads group, and all four intended books surrounding Austen read, I’m pretty happy with my personal progress- what about you guys!?

I may do another Austen August next year, depending on how busy I am, which will be around Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, if anyone will be interested in that.  I will be leaving the goodreads group for the Pride and Prejudice read-a-long up and active so that anyone who is a fan of the book can go back to the boards at any time and fangirl over the book with others, or re-read the chapter summaries. So if you are a little behind on the read-a-long and haven’t finished yet- don’t worry, the summaries and discussion boards aren’t going anywhere!

My personal page total for Austen August stands at exactly 1424 pages- I was pretty busy this week so I didn’t get too much read. However, I did publish two reviews which are Austen August related- the links are as follows if you are interested!

1. Longbourn – Jo Baker, a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice through the eyes of the Longbourn Servants

2. Midnight in Austenland– Shannon Hale, the sequel of “Austenland”

3. The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen– Lindsay Ashford

4. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen (Review to Come)

Here is an the final  list of the links to the chapter summaries posted so far on the group (which is public and available for all to post to!)

Volume 1:-

Chapter 1//Chapter 2//Chapter 3//Chapter 4//Chapter 5//Chapter 6//Chapter 7//Chapter 8

Chapter 9//Chapter 10//Chapter 11//Chapter 12//Chapter 13//Chapter 14//Chapter 15//Chapter 16

Chapter 17//Chapter 18//Chapter 19// Chapter 20// Chapter 21// Chapter 22//Chapter 23

Volume 2:-

Chapter 1//Chapter 2//Chapter 3//Chapter 4//Chapter 5//Chapter 6//Chapter 7//Chapter 8

Chapter 9//Chapter 10//Chapter 11//Chapter 12//Chapter 13// Chapter 14//Chapter 15

Chapter 16// Chapter 17// Chapter 18// Chapter 19 

Volume 3:-

Chapter 1// Chapter 2// Chapter 3// Chapter 4// Chapter 5// Chapter 6// Chapter 7// Chapter 8

Chapter 9// Chapter 10// Chapter 11// Chapter 12// Chapter 13// Chapter 14// Chapter 15

Chapter 16// Chapter 17// Chapter 18// Chapter 19

Tag: Twenty Questions for a Reader

garfieldreading

(Image via pinterest because just text was a boring post ;3)

I was tagged by the lovely Aida (she is relatively new on here so yes, I will shamelessly plug her book blog to you all- go follow her! :D), she is one of my very favourite internet people from my livejournal days!

Anywho, she tagged me to do this “Twenty Questions for a Reader”, so here we go:-

Continue reading

104. The Girl of Fire and Thorns- Rae Carson

fbid2

Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1)

Author: Rae Carson

Rating:  

On the Shelves: Young Adult Fiction> Fantasy

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do (Goodreads 2014)

Continue reading

103. Seraphina (#1)- Rachel Hartman

fbid8

Title: Seraphina (#1)

Author: Rachel Hartman

Rating: 

On the Shelves: Young Adult Fiction> Fantasy

 

“In her New York Timesbestselling and Morris Award-winning debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages.Eragon-author Christopher Paolini calls them, “Some of the most interesting dragons I’ve read in fantasy.”

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life (Goodreads 2014)

Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday 24: Books I want to Read But Don’t Own

ttt

A wonderful weekly feature hosted by  The Broke and The Bookish

This week I am focusing on ten books I really want to own/read that are NOT Young Adult- I’m trying to branch out a little more and my TBR list is growing nicely and expanding my horizons. There are one or two YA on here still but mainly it isn’t- a lot of these books, I’ve not really seen around on the blogosphere yet so it will be nice to show something different 🙂

Continue reading

102. Remembrance- Theresa Breslin

remebrance

Title: Remembrance

Author: Theresa Breslin

Rating: ★★★★★

On the Shelves: Young Adult Fiction> Historical Fiction

 

1915 – Scotland. A group of teenagers from two families meet for a picnic, but the war across the Channel is soon to tear them away from such youthful pleasures. All too soon the horror of what is to become known as The Great War engulfs them, their friends and the whole village. From the horror of the trenches, to the devastating reality seen daily by those nursing the wounded, they struggle to survive. Nothing will ever be the same again. REMEMBRANCE is a powerful and engrossing novel about love and war, from the Carnegie Medal-winning author Theresa Breslin. (Goodreads 2014)

Continue reading

Austen August: Week 4 update!

p&penl

Here we are again, at the end of week 4! This time next week, “Austen August” will be over!  I can’t quite believe it, this month is flying by! At the projected rate of two chapter summaries per day minimum, I will finish the read-a-long on the 30th August, which means the day after- the final Sunday in august, will be a final wrap up post!

My personal page total for Austen August stands at exactly 1217 pages- I was pretty busy this week so I didn’t get too much read. However, I did publish two reviews which are Austen August related- the links are as follows if you are interested!

1. Longbourn – Jo Baker, a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice through the eyes of the Longbourn Servants

2. Midnight in Austenland– Shannon Hale, the sequel of “Austenland”

 *We also had a discussion board added by “Rebekah“, which allows anyone to discuss the book/website of the brilliant The Lizzie Bennet Diaries! (if you have not already, I HIGHLY recommend you watch it on youtube!!) It’s great to see so many people becoming so interactive on this group!

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet Discussion Board

Here is an updated list of the links to the chapter summaries posted so far on the group (which is public and available for all to post to!)

Volume 1:-

Chapter 1//Chapter 2//Chapter 3//Chapter 4//Chapter 5//Chapter 6//Chapter 7//Chapter 8

Chapter 9//Chapter 10//Chapter 11//Chapter 12//Chapter 13//Chapter 14//Chapter 15//Chapter 16

Chapter 17//Chapter 18//Chapter 19// Chapter 20// Chapter 21// Chapter 22//Chapter 23

Volume 2:-

Chapter 1//Chapter 2//Chapter 3//Chapter 4//Chapter 5//Chapter 6//Chapter 7//Chapter 8

Chapter 9//Chapter 10//Chapter 11//Chapter 12//Chapter 13// Chapter 14// Chapter 15

Chapter 16// Chapter 17// Chapter 18// Chapter 19 

Volume 3:-

Chapter 1// Chapter 2// Chapter 3// Chapter 4// Chapter 5// Chapter 6

101. Midnight in Austenland- Shannon Hale

midnightinausten

Title: Midnight in Austenland

Author: Shannon Hale

Rating: ★★★★

On the Shelves: Fiction> Romance/Re-tellings/Contemporary

Charlotte Kinder is in need of true escape when she heads from Ohio to Pembrook Park, a Jane Austen-themed retreat in the British countryside. But as it turns out, this vacation is no time to relax. Hearts are racing and stomachs fluttering in a tangle of intrigues-real and pretend, sinister and romantic-increasingly tough to sort out. It’s midnight in Austenland, and Charlotte is about to prove herself a heroine worthy of Austen herself. (Goodreads 2014)

Continue reading

100. Forty Acres- Dwayne Alexander Smith

ngfa

Title: Forty Acres

Author: Dwayne Alexander Smith

Rating:  ★★

On the Shelves: Fiction> Horror/Thriller

What if overcoming the legacy of American slavery meant bringing back that very institution? A young black attorney is thrown headlong into controversial issues of race and power in this page-turning and provocative new novel.

Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. He’s dazzled by what they’ve accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a weekend away from it all—no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret that challenges some of his deepest convictions…

Martin finds out that his glittering new friends are part of a secret society dedicated to the preservation of the institution of slavery—but this time around, the black men are called “Master.” Joining them seems to guarantee a future without limits; rebuking them almost certainly guarantees his death. Trapped inside a picture-perfect, make-believe world that is home to a frightening reality, Martin must find a way out that will allow him to stay alive without becoming the very thing he hates.

A novel of rage and compassion, good and evil, trust and betrayal, Forty Acres is the thought-provoking story of one man’s desperate attempt to escape the clutches of a terrifying new moral order.

(Goodreads 2014)

Continue reading