Haul #7 – I’m Not Slowing Down (Someone Stop Me, Please)

Hey, guys today I’m coming at you with ANOTHER haul. I know, I hate me too. In my last haul, I said that I thought I might finally be slowing down, because I know 2017 has been the year of book buying for me. Well, then all my exam stress hit me at once and suddenly I was doing a whole lot of unnecessary online shopping and now I have no more room left on my comics shelf and I think I feel a bookshelf reorganisation mood coming on. 

Anyway, so I have high hopes that this will actually be the last haul you guys will see from me for a while, especially because Christmas is coming up in a couple of months. Honestly, if you guys see another haul from me next month please shame me.

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This Is Where I Leave You All My Friends Are Superheroes Daughter of the Burning City My Not So Perfect Life The Miniaturist The Third Door (The Three Doors Trilogy #3)

This Is Where I Leave You // All My Friends Are Superheroes // Daughter of The Burning City // My Not So Perfect Life // The Miniaturist // The Third Door

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1) The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) Eating Animals

These Broken Stars // The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet // A Darker Shade of Magic // A Gathering of Shadows // Eating Animals 

Brave New World Nineteen Eighty-Four Fahrenheit 451 Holes (Holes, #1) Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)

Brave New World // 1984 // Fahrenheit 451 // Holes // Hatchet

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frdfgggidgesGiant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days, #1) Scooby Apocalypse, Volume 1 Rocket Raccoon, Volume 1: A Chasing Tale Rocket Raccoon, Volume 2: Storytailer

Giant Days Volume 1 // Scooby Apocalypse Volume 1 // Rocket Raccoon Volume 1 & Rocket Raccoon Volume 2

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  Children of the Knight If There's No Tomorrow 27 Hours (The Nightside Saga, #1) Annie on My Mind

The Sandcastle Empire // Editing Emma // Children of The Knight // If There’s No Tomorrow // 27 Hours // Annie On My Mind

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Harry Potter with Broom [exclusive]

I know I don’t really need anymore Pops but I actually really enjoy collecting them, besides my bookshelves, the pops are the only things that actually show my personality. Anyway, so this is actually my first HP pop. I know that sounds weird, I am a book blogger after all. It’s just that I know these are all really popular and so the company will continue to make more and more series for HP and I didn’t want to buy one just to find one I liked better later on. But pretty much as soon as I saw this announced I knew that I wanted it.

I actually don’t plan on buying a whole bunch of HP pops, just the ones I really want, like this one and the Luna pop where she’s wearing the lion head.

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 Have you read any of these?
Do you collect the HP pops?

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THE HOUSE CUP READING CHALLENGE | SIGN UP & TBR

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a tbr for a new reading challenge! I was planning to do a whole bunch of readathons this month but I’ve gotten really sick and naturally haven’t been able to do any of them.

I’m a bit late for this, the challenge actually started yesterday in my time zone but, I only just heard about this and it sounds like a whole lot of fun, plus it’s Harry Potter so duh, I’m doing it!

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October 15th – November 12th

You can find all information about the challenge and sign up here.

Goal: Read 7 books off your challenge tbr

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Hogwarts Student Questionnaire

Name: Ellyn

Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff!

Wand Type: Spruce wood with a Phoenix feather core 14 ½” and Slightly Yielding flexibility

Pet: Owl (or maybe I would smuggle in my dog?)

Favourite Subject: Care of Magical Creatures

Favourite Professor: Hagrid

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My TBR:

20 POINTS

Invictus There's Someone Inside Your House The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1)

FIRST YEAR: Reader’s Choice – Invictus

SECOND YEAR: Reader’s Choice – There’s Someone Inside Your House

THIRD YEAR: Reader’s Choice – The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

10 POINTS

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1) Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2) The Martian The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2) The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3)

GRYFFINDOR: Read a book with an epic hero/heroine – These Broken Stars, fight me Lilac is a badass

RAVENCLAW: Read a book that revolves around a mystery – Hunting Prince Dracula

ASSTRONOMY CLASS: Read a book set in outer space – The Martian

CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES: Read a book that features an animal or magical/mythical creature – The Hammer of Thor

OCCULUMENCY: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers – The Ship of The Dead

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I don’t know if I will end up reading all of these books, and if I’m honest my tbr will probably change a few times but oh well!

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Are you taking part in the House Cup Challenge? Are you doing any readathons this month?

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THE SWORD OF SUMMER SPOILER-FREE REVIEW | THANK GOD FOR DEAF CHARACTERS, THEY KNOW WHAT’S UP

Hey guys, before I get into this review, I just want to apologise for not getting to your comments as fast as I usually do. I am really sick at the moment, I  feel like my eyes are about to fall out of my head and I haven’t really gotten out of bed all day. I will try to get back to you as soon as possible, but at the moment all I seem to be able to do is watch Descendants on repeat ( I am still surprised by how much I enjoy this movie).

Anywayyy, onto the review!

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The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan

my rating: ★★★★★

tags: Diverse, Disability, POC Side character, YA, Mythology

goodreads rating: 4.26

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)

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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

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HOW TO START

If I’m honest I went into this with no expectations. I knew nothing about the book, other than that it was based around Norse mythology.

You don’t have to, but I would recommend reading Rick Riordan’s previous books before starting this one. You do meet other characters from his other series throughout the trilogy so it might be helpful to know who they are, I definitely got a kick out of it. That being said, it’s not all that important and you can just start here.

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THE CHARACTERS

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MAGNUS CHASE

I wasn’t so sure about this guy at the beginning, I felt like Rick was trying too hard to convince us that he wasn’t Percy (he doesn’t like water, and his least favourite colour is blue???). However, after a while, I started to get used to him and found that I really liked him.

SAMIRAH AL-ABBAS

I love her?

You know what I really loved about Samirah’s character? I love how her being Muslim wasn’t a big deal. Yeah, she wear’s a hijab but does anyone care? Nope. She is also part of an arranged marriage, and what I loved about this is that, I feel like most of the time these days, arranged marriages are shunned so for this not to be a big deal, and for Sam to defend herself properly was amazing.

Samirah is also a really strong and independent character, she takes nobody’s shit and she knows how to wield an axe, I honestly can’t wait to see more of her in the rest of the trilogy.

HEARTHSTONE & BLITZEN

Ahh, yes, my new favourite duo. These two are amazing and I love them very much.

Hearthstone is brilliant and I love him, he is right up there with Adam Parrish – that is how much I love him. Could it also have to with the fact that he’s deaf? Yeah, it totally does!**

I also really appreciated Blitzen, he is a fantastic character. I don’t want to spoil anything about his character, but he is definitely not what you would expect, and I really appreciated it.

**By the way, I am not romanticising disability. I am deaf, so I really appreciated the representation.

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The only thing that I’m unsure about with this book, was purely that it felt like all of his other books. It follows the same formula as the others so I felt like I always knew what was going to happen. That being said, I still loved the book, and I can’t wait to read the next one.

Clap clap for diversity, I really loved that the characters didn’t feel forced. If you couldn’t tell, I really loved Hearth, and he was definitely my favourite character. What I really enjoyed, especially about Hearth was that all the characters made an effort to learn ASL (American Sign Language) so they could communicate with Hearth, and it honestly made me tear up. I mean my friends can barely remember that I’m deaf, and here we have this whole group learning ASL for their friend.

I really appreciated the break from Greek mythology, Norse is just so different. After reading 3 series surrounding Greek myths, it was such a cool bre to read about Thor and Helheim. I can’t wait to learn more about the world, and I am nervous to say that I might enjoy Norse more than Greek. I’ll have to finish the trilogy, but I seriously love this new world.

I feel like Riordan didn’t just add the diversity to earn points with his readers. Diversity is the hot new thing at the moment, and it honestly never felt forced. I really enjoyed how the characters religious beliefs and disabilities were talked about (in a positive light) and they were never treated differently because of them. They were always a valid part of the team, and Rick even showed that disability can also be a plus.

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Yes, definitely! I already have book 2 so I am excited to read it soon. I am really hoping to finish the trilogy by the end of the year, it is just soo good!

 

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Have you read The Sword of Summer? Who was your favourite character?

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Recommendations: Diverse Books

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with another recommendations post. Today I did this post a little bit differently to how I generally do my recommendations posts. But, I thought it would be more beneficial for all your tbrs if I just showed you the books instead of talking about them and only showing a few. I hope that’s okay with you guys!

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LGBTQIA

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Last Seen Leaving Our Own Private Universe More Happy Than NotGeorge Another Castle: GrimoireZodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2) Decelerate Blue Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy Everything Leads to YouThe Sidekicks  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) Beauty Queens The Darkest Part of the ForestAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) Grasshopper Jungle Nimona

I won’t link you guys to every book/comic on this post but you can find all of these on my lgbt shelf on Goodreads.

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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Vol. 1 Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Ms Marvel // Miles Morales // Cinder

Yeah… I know. It’s bad. I’m sure there are probably a bunch of poc mains that I can’t think of, but I definitely recommend these so here you go!

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Do you have any Diverse recommendations?

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DIVERSITY IN SUPERHERO FILMS/ TV

Hey guys, today I want to chat with you guys about diversity in superhero films. Last month there was a bit of talk about this on Twitter and it really got me thinking. I am constantly ranting to my friends about the lack of diversity in film in general, but especially in the superhero films. In fact, one of my friends actually doesn’t go to see superhero films anymore unless she is 100% interested, or the cast is actually diverse (Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Thor). 

Anyway, so I kind of touched on this last month in another Tv Chats ( I have been writing a whole lot of these lately #sorrynotsorry) but the movies that we’re seeing at the moment all seem to be the same, white American man saves the day, yay and that’s pretty much it, I also talked about the movies I would actually prefer to see, if you want to check it out.

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Think about it, how many diverse superheroes can you think of in film?

Here, I’ll do it with you. We’ve got Black Panther, Luke Cage, Aquaman, Cyborg and Storm. This took me a good half hour to come up with and I couldn’t even count them on both hands.

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LET’S TALK ABOUT SPIDEY BEING CONTRACTUALLY STRAIGHT I HAVE RAGE

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A couple of months ago there was this big discussion on Twitter and I thought I might talk with you guys about it. A few authors put in their two cents and a bunch of actors talked about it too. I find that this is a big issue, especially nowadays when people are so aware of diversity.

I think this is most obvious in the recent movie; Ghost in The Shell. It was based off an anime and starred Scarlett Johanson. I honestly don’t understand why she felt like it was okay for her to take the role but hey, this is Hollywood.

I have two notes for this post. Mainly I want to talk about Spider-Man but, before I get into that I also want to quickly mention something that has been bugging me since the first Avengers film. Hawkeye. Now, don’t get me wrong I love Hawkeye (Let’s all ignore Age of Ultron) but in the comics he was deaf and as a deaf person it’s extremely offensive that he doesn’t even have a hearing aid in the films.

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What I think we need more of in film is actors like Ed Skrein, he actually turned down a film because he learned that the character was mixed Asian.  [THIS ARTICLE SHOULD EXPLAIN EVERYTHING]

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Anyway, so a couple of months ago, there was a whole lot of chat, probably derived from  the discussion from the Hellboy casting. Anyway, so people were talking about how Peter Parker (Spidey) is contractually obligated to be straight and white. It was revealed in a bunch of leaked Sony emails and honestly, I am so disapointed. [ARTICLE]

Adam Silvera also got into it on Twitter [LINK TO TWEET], saying that he was asked to write a super-hero novel but he bowed out because he couldn’t write the character as queer.

This is a huge problem because it shows that Hollywood and Publishing companies are not wlling to branch out. I already love superheroes, and I already love books, so when I find out that companies are refusing to allow non-straight characters a thing in thier books and it really doesn’t make me want to pick up their books.

Obviously I still want to read Wonder Woman and Batman, but really the lack of willingness to allow diversity in novels, especially about superheroes, who are already so straight and white, is really worrying.

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How do you feel about diversity in film? What’s your stance on the issue?

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Reader Problems Book Tag

Hey guys today I’m coming at you with the Reader Problems book tag. I had a free moment to work  on my blog so I thought I would catch up on some posts with a book tag. You can find the original tag here!

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01 You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Honestly, I don’t think I could ever have that many books on my tbr shelf, I usually try and keep it under 90 so this is already hurting my head. Honestly, the whole point of me having a small tbr is that it isn’t a big deal to find my next read – I just find an interesting genre and then I know there are a few books for me to choose from in that pile.

02 You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

QUIT. I AM OUTTA THERE M8

03 The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

Lol my reading challenge is 1 book. No, but seriously if I ever needed to catch up I would just grab some small books, plus a bunch of comics and graphic novels. Also, audiobooks are a great help in this situation.

04 The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

I don’t. I really can’t handle this kind of situation. #firstworldproblems

05 Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Honestly, I might write a blog post about it or just a GoodReads review but I rarely bond over my books with anyone. I will probably rant to my friends about it but yeah… no bonding.

06 You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

Lots of blinking. But I tend not to brave sad books in public, so I’ll be fine (I think).

07 A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

What’s the point in reading it if you remember nothing. If you loved the first book so much then re-reading it shouldn’t be an issue.

08 You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I just tell them no – because only my friends ask and they really should know better.

09 Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Lot’s of sleep. Watch some TV. Do some blogging to get the right vibe. Calm down. Repeat.

10 There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Probably none. The library is my home now and I rarely (1/100) buy new releases.

11 After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Ebooks – honestly it’s a mixed bad, they could be there for 5 minutes or they could be there for a couple of years.

Physical – Library books get read immediately but I’m more relaxed with my own books, that being said I always go in wanting to read them immediately. So, again, mixed bag.

Audio – it’s the same as ebooks, it depends what mood I’m in

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How long do your books have to wait for you to read them?
How do you catch up on your reading challenges?

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BOOKS I REGRET BUYING | Confessions #2

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new confessions post! Lately, a couple of people have been making videos talking about the books they regret buying so I thought I would give it a shot! 

These are only the books I regret buying, not the books I regret reading. I generally never regret reading a book, even if I didn’t enjoy it. I think it’s fine to dislike a book, it’s more fun to always have an opinion on a book, rather than having nothing to say about it.

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The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)Casino RoyaleThe Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)

 

THE KNIFE NEVER LETTING GO // THRONE OF GLASS // ILLUMIINAE // CITY OF BONES // JAMES BOND //  THE BRONZE HORSEMAN

The Knife of Never Letting Go

This is the only book on my list that I dnf’d. I have been thinking about picking it back up since the movie is currently being filmed, but at the same time, the reason I put down the book was because of the writing. I started reading this around 2012, and got roughly halfway through before I completely gave up on it. I’m pretty sure most of the people who read this really enjoyed the writing though, so I guess it’s just me sitting in my little corner of shame because I didn’t like this one.

Throne of Glass Books 1-4

Yeah. Everyone was raving about this series (and they still are) around the same time I read The Knife of Never Letting Go. I had a Dymocks gift card, I had just recently gotten really into watching Booktube and of course TOG is one of the main series on BT. There was a cheap paperback of the first three books and I was so sure I would like them so I got it. I then also saw book 4 at Target so I picked it up.

Basically, don’t buy the first four books in a series when you haven’t read any of them yet. BAD IDEA. I read the first one and was like, I have made a mistake, oh my god what have I done.

Illuminae

I don’t regret buying this exactly, it’s more so that I didn’t enjoy this and know that I won’t be continuing the series. However, I have given it to one of my brothers so I’m hoping that he will enjoy it more than I did, so maybe I didn’t totally waste $15?

The Mortal Instruments Books 1-3

Yeah, I won’t be talking about this for a long time. If you’ve been along with me for a while then you know that I do not recommend this or TID, and I do not like Casserole Clam. Basically I bought this around the time of my intro to Booktube and every one of my friends was reading it, so of course, the peer pressure got to me. ALl the books were really cheap at the time so I picked up the first 3 and at the time I didn’t totally hate them. FUnnily enough, the friends that pushed me to read these all those years ago now hate thee books too, oh, how time flies.

James Bond Books 1-15

Yeah, my mum convinced me to read these a couple of years ago because I was going through a massive JB phase. Don’t get me wrong though, I know he is a disgusting character, but I watch them for the action, plus Q is adorable and I love him.

Pretty much, I have read book one, but I know I will never pick up any of the other 14 books. James Bond is gross and book one was just using women and doing some gambling, it was completely pointless.

The Bronze Horseman

Yeah, so I was actually super excited to read this one. I thought this was so cool and I had only heard good things about the trilogy. So naturally I saw it at a used bookstore, and then, of course, a couple of months after, Whitney read it and made an amazing thread on Twiter talking about the abuse and rape in the book, and honestly, I am never here for non-consensual sex.

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Should I try any of these again? What books do you regret buying? 

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