jan wrap up // i read loads but blogged a bit??

I’M BACK, BACK AGAIN, GUESS WHO’S BACK.
seriously, i’m awful at this blogging thing, thank you to every wonderful one of you that has stuck with me!!!

boring stuff

○  i was basically really crap at blogging and barely did it this month which i apologize for, fingers crossed for next month??? lol.

○ works kicking my ass, seriously we are so busy when i get home all i want to do is sleep and watch tv.

○ TALKING ABOUT TV, i finished the whole chicago fire i am up to date and i’m very happy, back to watching one tree hill and loving lucas scott.

○ my nans is currently in hospital (but looking better, yay!!!!), so my times is being spent in the evenings with her

○ i hit 44 followers on here! yeah, it’s not much but i’m grateful to every single wonderful one of you!!!!

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the good stuff

○ I BROUGHT ONE BOOK. one, how good is that? lol, im poor so that’s the only reason, i brought batman:nightwalker by marie lu and its sat on my shelf ever since. how very like me.

○ i read 18 books which puts me one book ahead in my reading challenge AND I’M SOOO HAPPY. i am in competition with my sister who has read 22 books!! i blame chicago fire for being too dramatic and good and stopping me from reading xD

○ i got approved for 3 books that i am super excited to read this year which are to kill a kingdom, the belles (WHICH I LOVED,

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the books

fave book i read this month is between they both die at the end andddddd the cruel prince, i can’t choose.
○ the cruel prince // 5*
○ we are the ants // 5*
○ along the indigo // 3*
○ ready player one // 2*
○ words in deep blue // 4*
○ pivot point // 5*
○ lucky girl // 4*
○ love & gelato // 3*
○ the hazel wood // 3*
○ the dream thieves // 3*
○ extraordinary means // 3*
○ eleanor oliphant is completely fine // 5*
○ the last namsara // 4*
○ the black witch // 2*
○ at the edge of the universe // 4*
○ ice like fire // 4*
○  they both die at the end // 5*
○ hush, hush // 3*

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posts i loved over the blogging hemisphere or stuff like that??

○ evelina @ avalinah’s book space wrote a great blog post on creating a netgalley and edelweiss profile
marie @ drizzle and hurricane wrote a great post on blog hopping, why you should do it and all that good stuff.
○ savannah @ the book prophet posted about why promoting diverse books is important (which everyone agrees i’m sure)

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plans for next month

○ i should probably go back to the gym and be drink more water (go kat!!!)
○ stick to my book buying ban and don’t buy any books next month !!!!!
○ stop requesting SOOOO many books on netgalley
○ finish all the books i’m currently reading (12 books lol help me)
○ maybe post more regularly??
○ don’t be so hard on myself and compare myself to others.

how was your january?? did you read any amazing books like me??
any goals for next month?? 🙂

the belles arc review // amazing writing and characters and i basically love it???

 

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Published February 6th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

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cw – sexual assult

as soon as i saw this book on goodreads last year i knew that i needed it, it was one of my more anticipated releases of 2018 and i can easily say that it was as good as i thought it would be, i absolutely loved it! 😊 when i first read the blurb of this book it reminded me a little of the selection which i loved so i did of course have very high hopes for this book 😊

the descriptions in this book are incredible, the mention of food and drink had my mouth watering, the dresses sound marvelous – just everything looked and sounded so perfect and the characters in this book were just as vivid as everything else. camellia is our main character and she is amazing, she is compassionate and brave but she has her own flaws which she struggles with just like anyone else. she strives to be the best but she has to pay the price, which sometimes isn’t worth it as our main character finds out throughout this book.

“You can never be clean enough, pretty enough, or smart enough.” 

it’s not just the main character that is complex, the side characters are amazing, i think remy has to be my favourite out of them all along with all the other belles!

the idea of beauty in this book is crazy, like they are obsessed and the procedures sound so painful like no thank you. there are laws surrounding beauty in what can be done and what can’t be done, waists can only go so small, breasts can only go so large, it’s crazy what people will do in the pursuit of beauty and how far some of the characters in this book will go to be “the most beautiful”

“No one is a prisoner. Even you have the power to make your own choices.” 

there were so many twists and turns in this book that i didn’t see coming which made it such an exciting read, i wishes we got to learn about the belle’s in even more detail as i still have so many questions. i actually didn’t realise that this was going to be a series so when i was on the last action packed chapters i was getting very confused as to how it was going to wrap up, thankfully it’s going to be a series because that was one hell of a cliffhanger ending.

overall, i looooooved this book, it exceeded it expectations in my eyes and i’m so sad that i have to wait forever for the next book.

thank you to netgalley + the publisher for the arc

top ten tuesday // books i like but can’t remember anything about it

THIS HAPPENS SO MUCH.
Like so much!!!
A few weeks ago I was sorting out my bookcases and the number of books I picked up that I couldn’t remember a thing about was crazy, I think some rereads are in order this year 🙂

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1) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Okay, so this book I intend to re-read this year (hopefully) anyway, I don’t remember much but I gave it three stars the first time around so I don’t think I enjoyed it, I remember it just being very slow paced and I wasn’t feeling something slow at that point. After reading such great reviews about not only this book but the rest of the books in the series so although I don’t remember much I shall 100% be picking this up again for a reread, watch this space and all that jazz 🙂

 

2) Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman

Okay, off the top of my head without looking at my old review on Goodreads I think this about a girl who goes to a camp and her best friend has died that summer? BOOM I WAS RIGHT. well, half right is about a summer camp for troubled teens and it’s her sister that dies not her friend so pretty close. I think I enjoyed it when I read it start of last year as I gave it 4 stars but I can’t remember anything that happened. Apparently according to my review past Katherine found the first half boring and the second half really good xD

3) I Was Here by Gayle Forman

HER FRIEND DIES IN THIS ONE. I knew a friend died in one of the books I read, I just couldn’t remember which one. Other than that was what happened in the book (it’s not a spoiler, it’s written in the blurb) I don’t remember a single thing, apparently, I rated it 3.5 stars so I didn’t enjoy it as much as the other two books. Past Katherine thought that the plot was overdone and was overshadowed by the romance, wow! Past Katherine wasn’t easy to please by the sound of it! xD

4) This Lullaby by Sara Dessen

I feel like this was about a wedding? I don’t even remember, it was my first book I read by Sara Dessen and I remember really enjoying it at the time. RIGHT, so according to the blurb her mom is on her fifth husband so maybe that’s where I got weddings from, turns out the main character is Remy and her love interest is Dexter -I REMEMBER NONE OF THAT. But, I gave it four stars at the time so I must have really enjoyed it when I read it! Maybe I’ll give it a reread and see what I think this time around 🙂

 

5) Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

When sorting out my bookshelf I actually had to check Goodreads to see if I had read this book and it was on the wrong bookcase (I have a bookcase of read books and one of to-read) but it turned out I have no idea what it’s about, even now after reading the blurb not long ago I still can’t remember what it’s about. I gave it three stars and in my review, I talk about how annoying the main character is and her family and that I didn’t really like the plot. I was generous though and gave it 3 stars?

6) My Hearts and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

I think this may be a book that has a mental illness in, I’m not 100% sure, I’m going to definitely have to check Goodreads for this one! Okay, so looks like at the time I read it I gave it 4 stars!! It’s a shame I don’t remember much more about it 🙁
It’s about suicide by reading the blurb so it’s for sure a content warning on this book so if you do plan on reading it, be careful.

 

7) Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins

I loved the first book in the series, Rebel Belle was absolutely amazing and I highly recommend that book, read it seriously, you’ll thank me later, it’s hilarious!!! This book, of course, follows our main character Haper and her boyfriend David but that’s about it, when I read it I know I loved it but whether it’s because it’s part of a series or what but I clearly remember everything about the first book but not much about the rest, I think I may have to re-read this series 🙂

8) Inside Out by Maria V Snyder

The only thing I remember about this book was that I bought it because it was 99p on kindle or it was free, one of them anyway 🙂 Apparently I gave it 3.5 stars according to my review as it felt like a very rushed book! But yeah, I can’t remember much about this book but I have started one of her other books Poison Study and I am loving it, highly recommend! 🙂

 

 

9) The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The one thing I remember about this book is that I didn’t like it, I can’t remember for the life of me why I just know that I ended up DNFing halfway through, according to my review it was an “it’s not you, it’s me” thing with this book. I am tempted to maybe pick this up again as I’ve heard such good things about this book by lots of people on Goodreads and I believe that Julie is releasing a new book this year that sounds super interesting 🙂

 

10) The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano

This is another book that I don’t remember anything about other than the fact I didn’t like it. According to Goodreads, I gave this 2 stars (which means I reaaaalllyyy didn’t like it). I thought there was no build up to the story and there was no character development and it was boring. Wowww, salty Katherine. That’s one book I for sure won’t be picking up to re-read anytime soon xD

 

So, do you agree with any of the books on my list?

What books have you read that you remember barley anything about?

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GOODBYE 2017 – HELLO 2018 (IM BAAAACCCKKKKKK)

HAPPY NEW YEAR FOLKS!!!!!!!!!

Yep, I’m baaaaccckkkk (is this when you are all like, KAT? YOU WERE GONE), I decided to take a break over Christmas to have some me time but I am back and here to stay!

Right, so things that have been happening while I was gone, let me thinkkkkk.

🌸 I now officially own by first Rick Riordan book, *GASP* I know, how shocking!!! So, I officially own the Percy Jackson series and the Magnus Chase series thanks to my other half so I’m very excited to start it.

🌸 There may have been a spending spree over Christmas leading to me now having over 20 new books, so there may be a haul (don’t watch this space though just incase!!!).

🌸 I am detained to be more organised this year so not only have I got a diary to keep blog posts and my social life in some sort of order – this means I’ll be posting every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday! 🙂

🌸 The lovely Evelina over at AvalinahsBooks has created a discord for book bloggers and I HIGHLY recommend you check it out of you get the chance to 🙂

🌸 I pre-orded 11 books which is a lot for me and then ended up pre-ordering another 10 which just means that 2018 is going to be a year for AMAZING books!!!

So, reading goals! Not going to lie but I love setting myself one, I feel all accomplished if I hit it (and stressed if I don’t) but I love it! I managed to read over 160 books in 2917 which blew my mind as I’ve never read that many books before ever!! This year I’m going to target 200 books (lol please send help already), wish me luck!!!

 

 

I thought I’d give a go at a monthly TBR so here are the 10 books I plan to read this month 🙂

  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Along the Idigo by Elsie Chapman
  • Pen & Xander by Laekan Zea Kemp
  • That Secret You Keep by Brenda Benny
  • We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • Ready Player One by Earnest Cline
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
  • Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

 

 

So what’s you reading challenge if you have set yourself one for the new year?
Have you pre-orded any amazing books coming out over the next few months?
AND DID YOU MISS ME? (joke, maybe, sorta??)

 

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