New Years Reading Challenges

New Years Reading Challenges

Are you looking for some reading challenges for the New Year to motivate yourself?

Don’t worry. I have some great suggestions for you!

Penguin has a fantastic reading challenge going on. They give you a prompt for the month and if you can’t think of something, they suggest some great books. Check it out!

Want a classic book challenge? Penguin has you covered too! Each month they have a new classic book suggested to read! I’ll be trying to join that one when I can, as I’d really love to read more classic books this year.

If you want something a little lighter, and more of a ‘bucket list’ style, check out this challenge from PopSugar! It has some fantastic suggestions, and you can definitely find some simpler books to complete it, if you’re pushed for time!


Book Review: Strange Magic by Syd Moore

Book Review: Strange Magic by Syd MooreSummary

“Rosie Strange doesn’t believe in ghosts or witches or magic. No, not at all. It’s no surprise therefore when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run.

Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There’s the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for old bones, those of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there’s curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can’t decide if he’s tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating. It all adds up to looking like her plans to sell the museum might need to be delayed, just for a while.

Finding herself and Sam embroiled in a most peculiar centuries-old mystery, Rosie is quickly expelled from her comfort zone, where to her horror, the secrets of the past come with their own real, and all too present, danger as a strange magic threatens to envelope them all.”



Beautiful cover!
This was a gift from my mum when she came back from the U.K. this year and I was immediately drawn in from the cover. Yes, I’m one of those who chooses books based off covers. Only because there are so many out there and whatever catches my attention by cover or name wins! I really liked that it was a simple cover, color wise, with this skull in the middle. But it did slightly mislead me in a way. It gave me a Mexican Day of the Dead kind of vibe. But that wasn’t what the book was about at all. I mean first off, it was set in Essex (U.K. for those of you who don’t know where that is).

Captivating story!
Now the story itself was interesting. It was simple, not too far out there. It was based around the witch trials that happened in the past and how someone came back to the present and all that kind of good stuff! It kept me captivated and curious as to what was going to happen next!

You got that feeling from the reading that you really were along for the journey. And I truly did feel like I was in Essex with the weather and all of that stuff!

Main character was slightly annoying.
Only thing that I didn’t like about the book was some of the characteristics of the main character, Rosie. She honestly was obnoxious as hell. She kept getting at the other protagonist, Sam, in the book.  She was very stubborn and not open to what was going on and it really annoyed me sometimes how out of line and rude she was in the book. I’m not sure if that was the point of her, but she really did get on my nerves a few times and I just wanted to slap some sense into her. She always had that ‘Essex Girl’ kind of attitude, all the way up to the very end!

Overall a fantastic read.
However, annoying main character to the side, the book itself was fantastic. It was simple so not terribly full of action (except towards the end a bunch of stuff happened). But it didn’t detract from the book. I noticed that Sarah Perry, the author of The Essex Serpent, really enjoyed the book and that was also what made me want to read it too! I do recommend it as it’s a good read and I think it’s a fantastic gift for someone who is into those magical kind of books!

For all of that, I give it 4/5 teacups!

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Happy Reading!

Purchase the book here at Barnes & Noble.


“9 Of London’s Most Beautiful Reading Spots”

With all of this horrible stuff happening in the U.K. in Manchester and London, I thought it would be appropriate for a post angled towards there, shining some positive light. came up with a list of 9 of London’s Most Beautiful Reading Spots! I don’t know which place I love more, though 1 and 8 definitely caught my eye.

Which one do you love most?

Library bookcase


School Rant

It’s that time of the year.

School has started or is about to start (as it is for me) so it’s time to get the supplies (if you already haven’t) and get those school text books/books.

Go online and order the books you need for your classes and—wait…what is this?

No books to order from B&N or Amazon?

So we aren’t reading any books you ask.

No. You’re reading. But it’s online.

Your eyes widen, your heart races, the panic sets in. What will you do with no book to hold in your hands? To underline? To caress? To love? Oh yes, you will miss dragging those 200 pounds of books around.

Your friends.

Those dog-eared books that have scribbles and drawings in the corners from your boredom in class. But don’t fret. You have a new friend; a magical code which unlocks a portal to the unknown.

Yea….that won’t do. And it won’t do for me.

Schools apparently think that lugging books around doesn’t work anymore. It has to be all online. And yes, while that may be more convenient, I like holding a book. I mean you should see my Scarlet Letter, it has drawings of things in the book, things underlined, highlighted, circles, definitions, notes, bent edges; it’s beautiful @.@!!!!!

But now they expect you to do it all online. I mean come on….HOW DO YOU HIGHLIGHT ONLINE? I like my books. No, scratch that. I LOVE my books ❤.❤ I need them.

And then the school decides to go all technologically advanced. Well excuseeeeeee me for liking holding a book. Screw online text books, I’m going to go and buy all these books and be weird. >She would turn and walk away to the nearest B&N, buying out the entire story for books she needed.<

Yes, I like old-fashioned.

Does anyone else agree with me on this? Online may be easier to carry, but having a book…it just makes learning the material easier. And everything is about learning, not making your life easier.

Well…rant over. Until then, happy reading…online x.x