Booktube-A-Thon 2017 TBR | Sitting In The Clouds

Each year one of my favourite booktubers, Ariel Bissett, hosts one of my favourite read-a-thons, the booktube-a-thon. I have participated every year since 2014, so this will be my fourth one and I have yet to complete 7 books in 7 days and this year will NOT be the year. However I think the week is more than just reading; it’s about coming together as a community and just enjoying the atmosphere and the challenges, videos people post and just seeing everyone else around you read at the same time. Having said all that I do create a TBR correlating with the challenges set.



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The Challenges:
>1 Read a book with a person on the cover
>2 Read a hyped book
>3 Finish a book in one day
>4 Read a book with a character who is different to you
>5 Read a book entirely outside
>6 Read a book you bought because of the cover
>7 Read 7 books!



IMG_5243.jpgI have created a double page spread in my bullet journal to track my progress throughout the week. I will just track the books I’m reading and the page count and what I’m thinking about the books. 

My TBR:
>1 By Your Side by Kasie West – This completes the challenge “read a book with a person on the cover” as well as “read a book completely outside“. I will be listening to the audiobook of this in my car on the way to and from work, so even though inside my car isn’t technically outside, it’s outside of my usual reading environment…my bedroom. That counts right? (Update: Ariel tweeted that, yes, reading in your counts for the outside challenge)
>2 Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – This completes the challenge of “read a hyped book” and “read a book with a character who is different to you“. This book is so highly praised in the book community and it is about a boy who is gay aka the complete opposite to a heterosexual female.
>3 Tales of Beedle The Bard by JK Rowling – This will complete the “finish a book in the day” challenge as it is so short, easy to read and Harry Potter. Three key things to able me to read a book quickly.
>4 Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel – This is the booktube pick of the week, a bit like a book club read, you don’t have to read it to participate but I saw it for under £4.00 and thought why not? This book could also count towards the “read a book you bought because of the cover” because look how pretty and also I don’t know anything about it, and really did only buy it because it was the booktube pick and because of the cover.



And that completes my TBR this coming week. I’m hoping I can get through all for 4 books but I am at work from 9-4, Monday to Friday so we’ll see. I’m really excited for By Your Side as it will be my first Kasie West book and I know she is loved by many. But to be honest I’m just excited about the whole week, it’s definitely an event I look forward to each year.

Are you participating? What’s on your TBR? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel

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My Favourite Reads…of all time | Sitting In The Clouds

Although I’m currently suffering a major reading slump, I’ve been an avid reader since the summer of 69 2014. 3 years of reading, averaging around 40 books each year, is a3446f639343b08986fe6c5a802c7fcca lot of stories to compete in my mind to be remembered. But without a doubt, as every reader does, you will connect with some books more than others. Therefore today I’m bringing you the books I remember reading and loving and knew instantly they were making my favourite books of all time list.



I will always be drawn towards YA contemporaries more than any other genre so the majority of this list just made my heart flutter due to the swoon worthy characters and the relationships and moments they shared. However, if a non-contemporary made this list, then you know it’s special as it means a book out of my comfort zone hit me hard. However, even the non-contemporary seem to have some sort of romance in them…opsie!



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All eight of these books touched me in completely different ways and no list is complete without Harry Potter right?! It’s crazy how over the past 3 years my tastes have changed and therefore so have my favourite books. Except a few firm favourites, this type of list will forever be growing and changing as you find new favourites to add or realise that a certain book was good before but after reading books of similar content, realise they were better.

Some of my old “all time” favourite books included The Maze Runner series by James Dashner and although this series brings back good memories of when I first started reading it and I still love it because of that reason and still technically class it as a favourite, it doesn’t have that connection to me anymore, therefore didn’t make this list.  Another “used to be favourite” is the Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole. I adored this series when I first read it, falling head over heels for Jack. But as the series progressed, having to wait over a year for the fourth book, I was loosing interest. I actually reread the series up to that point to prepare myself for the new book and just felt differently about it. It just wasn’t as good as I remember and that’s the one downside to rereading book.

Do we have any of the same favourites? Let’s chat in the comments.



xoxo, rachel

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April Wrap Up & May TBR | Sitting In The Clouds

Can someone explain to me how it’s May already? One month away from being half way through yet another year living in this world. However, being May also means it’s only a one month away from my birthday and apart from Christmas, my birthday is my favourite time of year.

April reading wise, however, really saw me experiment with my reading resources. I read my first ever library book (that I can remember) this month. I discovered the amazing world of Overdrive and signed up immediately. I’m really trying to step out of my comfort zone with reading, not with what genre I read but with books I haven’t heard of before. Books that haven’t been hyped on the internet and I know pretty much the entire synopsis before diving in. It’s been good. But my main reading goal for April, if you saw my March Wrap Up, was to reread one of my favourite series, The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole.

April Wrap Up

  • Poison Princess by Kresley Cole (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • Endless Knight by Kresley Cole (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)
  • Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)
  • Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • …And A Happy New Year? by Holly Bourne (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Although I loved being back in the Arcana Chronicle world and with the characters again, it wasn’t as good as I remember being it but I guess that’s the risk you take when rereading books, you may not love them as much as you used to, and I’m fine with that. Arcana Rising was a great addition to the series and I will continue with the next two books, when they are released, because I want some of my favourite characters…JACK!!! to have a good ending. I didn’t end up reading the novella, Day Zero as I was reading reviews, and apparently it doesn’t add anything to the story and is really just like a textbook with information about all the characters. I just wasn’t in the mood for it.

I LOVED the novella to the Spinster Girls trilogy by Holly Bourne though, …And A Happy New Year? It was only just under 200 pages and I read it within 24 hours. I loved being back with these girls, seeing how their futures were panning out and I was truly satisfied with leaving them there to live their lives.

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  • History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

I saw this on Overdrive and downloaded it before I could tell my brain not to. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book. I’m about 70 pages (eBook format) into the story and I’m liking it so far but it hasn’t swept me off my feet just yet.

May TBR

I really don’t have anything in mind that I want to read this month. I think I will keep my eyes out for anything that peeks my interest on Overdrive. But since we are getting into summer, I think it will be mainly contemporaries for the next couple of months.


What did you read in April? What was your favourite read? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel
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The last time I stepped inside my local library was three years ago in 2014. Why? Because I personally prefer to buy my books brand new. I’m not a fan of secondhand books, the feeling and the smell sometimes aren’t that appealing to me. Also my library doesn’t have the best selection of books that I’m interested in…aka YA. However, as I keep repeating on my blog at the minute, my student budget doesn’t really have much room for buying books brand new so when I found my long lost library card last week I made it a mission to go over the weekend and see what they had.

Although their selection was still limited, I did manage to check out two books that intrigued me, Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel and Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

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I’ve recently heard about Faceless as I redesigned the cover of Faceless for one of my university projects and the synopsis really intrigued me. I’m not going to lie as soon as I saw this book in my library I literally snatched it up. I couldn’t believe they had something that I had recently added to my TBR and a book I wanted to own and read as soon as possible.

I recognised Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore when I saw it, I think I heard Katrina from Little Book Owl on Youtube discuss it quite a while ago. I picked it up and read the first page and it seemed interesting. One thing I do like about the library is that you can pick up books and if they end up not being your cup of tea you haven’t wasted your hard earned cash on them.

I only picked up two books this trip as one disadvantage about libraries are the limited time you have to read them. I have until May 2nd to read them both which isn’t too bad but with the books I want to get read from my own personal library and these, it’s going to be a push for my April reading as on average I tend to only read around four books a month.

Having said all that I’m really excited for Faceless and intrigued by Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore. Do you use your library often? What do you currently have checked out? Have you read either book I’ve mentioned? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel
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March Wrap Up & April TBR | Sitting In The Clouds

As my reading goes, 2017 has been an amazing year for me so far. No books have been rated under 3 stars, my lowest being a 3.75 stars to My Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland and my reading pace, although not fast in the slightest, with uni and other things going on in my life right now, I’ve read a total 13 books so far and GoodReads says I’m one book ahead of schedule, which is awesome for me. With April quickly approaching I’m happy to say I’m pleased with my reading so far this year.

March was my best month for reading so far but it isn’t over yet, with four days left, I’m hoping to complete one final book, bringing my total up six books.

March Wrap Up

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) – second five star read of the year and easily the best book I read this month
  • The Pottermore Short Story Collection by JK Rowling
    Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (⭐️⭐️⭐️)
    Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
    Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • One Night In Italy by Lucy Diamond (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

I enjoyed all the books I’ve read this month with Caraval taking the lead as my favourite. I just adored this book, having heard a mix of reviews before reading it myself and hearing it be compared to The Night Circus, I was skeptical as I hated that book, but oh my!! Caraval was leaps and bounds better…unpopular opinion I know. I loved how you didn’t know what was real or fake and the whole atmosphere was amazing. I loved all the characters and I just can’t fault it.

I loved reentering the wizarding world and they were all good stories to keep me occupied on my commute to uni everyday. Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies was by far my favourite as we got to know more about Lupin, my favourite character.

I also really enjoyed One Night In Italy, it had been unread on my bookshelf for around two and a half years. I had picked it up once before but soon gave up as I wasn’t feeling it but second time round I devoured it.

DNF’ed

I did unfortunately DNF one book in March, which is my first DNF of the year. I’m not afraid of putting books down if I’m not feeling them and they are pulling me into a slump, which Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan was doing to me.

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I just didn’t get this book. I’m going to keep hold of it a while longer as Goodreads actually rates it quite well but this time round, I couldn’t get into it. I do truly believe that sometimes it is you and not the book.

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  • Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

April TBR

  • Endless Knight by Kresley Cole (Arcana Chronicles #2)
  • Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole (Arcana Chronicles #3)
  • Day Zero by Kresley Cole (Arcana Chronicles #3.5)
  • Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole (Arcana Chronicles #4)

If you couldn’t tell I want to conquer this series in April. As I’m currently reading Poison Princess, the first book, I want to just dive into each of the books one another another this month. I read the first three books back in 2015, Poison Princess, Endless Knight and Dead of Winter but I want to refresh my mind before reading the novella and book number four. I can remember loving this series and it being one of my favourites, it’s on my favourites shelf on GoodReads anyway, so I’m excited to see if I still feel the same as well as what happens next as Dead of Winter left on the biggest cliffhanger.


If I read those four books and knock that series off my TBR I’ll be happy.

How was March reading wise for you? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned today? Let’s chat in the comments.

I also have more of my thoughts on all of the books read this month on my GoodReads page, linked below.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel
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Welcome Back!!! With so many books in the world it’s hard to keep up. However, it’s especially hard to keep up with your favourite authors or authors you’ve already read from when new ones are appearing on the scene left right and centre. I have my auto-buy authors, which is a whole different blog post in itself but authors that I’ve only read one of their books and I say to myself that I will read more because I loved their writing style, their worlds, plot lines and story ideas or even their characters, but it gets to six months or even a year later and I still haven’t got round to reading more of their work. Now this list could go on for ages but here are just a few I want to read more of in this year.

  • Lisa Williamson – the author of one of my all time favourite books, The Art of Being Normal. Her second book, All About Mia, one of my most anticipated releases of 2017, came out in February and I can’t wait to pick it up, I just can’t afford it right now…student struggles.
  • Neil Gaiman – I’ve only read The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman and I really enjoyed it, it wasn’t the best book I’ve read but I was really intrigued with his writing style and the way he wrote about magical realism. However, the reason I haven’t read more from him is because I don’t really know where to start. Please let me know if you’ve read a lot by him.

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  • Matthew Quick – Matthew Quicks Silver Lining’s Playbook is one of my favourite contemporaries and I REALLY want to read more from him and I don’t have an excuse as to why I haven’t.

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  • Patrick Ness – I read The Rest Of Us Just Live Here back in the summer of 2016 and really liked it. I then picked up all his other current releases at the time, The Walking Chaos trilogy and More Than This as I was in a Patrick Ness phrase. I then tried to read More Than This and got about 150-200 pages in and gave it up. I really want to give it another try and also try and start The Knife of Never Letting Go. I’ve heard nothing but brilliant things about this author and most people’s least favourite book is The Rest of Us Just Live Here and if I really enjoyed it, I will most likely love his other releases.

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  • Marie Lu – I read her Legend trilogy at the very beginning of 2016 and adored it. I loved the world, the plot lines and twists, the characters and the relationship between June and Day. This trilogy was one of my top reads of 2016. I really want to get to her other trilogy, The Young Elites but once again money is a real issue at the moment. Books are right at the bottom of the priority list after uni supplies, train travel to uni and all my car bills.

These are only a hand picked few, and authors I really want to get around to reading this year but I know there are so many more out there that I just haven’t thought of.

What authors do you want to read more of? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

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Welcome Back!!! One day left in February and I know I won’t finish the book I’m currently reading before March hits us so it’s time for my monthly wrap up. In February I managed to complete 3 books but one of them I was already in the midst of when February rolled around.

February Wrap Up

  • Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland (⭐️⭐️⭐️.75)
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer (#3 Lunar Chronicles) (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)

I really enjoyed all the books I finished this month but Cress and Anna stand out the most for me. I’m a lover of contemporaries so usually any romance I read I love but there was something about this book that just made me fall in love with it, like most people. I throughly enjoyed the third instalment of the Lunar Chronicles, Cress but I did find it a bit slow (SPOILER) when all the characters go spilt up from one another, hence the knock of the star. It’s definitely not my favourite book of the series so far, Cinder is still my favourite book and character but I’m still loving this series and can’t wait to read Winter. Which leads me onto my….

March TBR

  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

I want to jump straight into Winter when I’ve finished my current read and I think the reason my enjoyment of Cress suffered was because I waited too long between Scarlet and Cress. And plus, Cress left on an awesome cliffhanger so I want to know what happens. However, Winter is one BIG book so I’m not sure I’ll get round to reading the other two but I want to try.

Currently Reading

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  • Wonder by RJ Palacio – I’m enjoying it but I’m really not that fussed on it as of yet. The subject of the story is really interesting, I’m just not attached to any of the characters and that’s a major thing for me when reading. I have to feel a connection to really enjoy the story.

Overall I’m pleased with what I read in February, the books weren’t bad ratings nor were they amazing 5 star reads for me. I’m a little disappointed that I only read 2 books cover to cover but life got in the way, especially with uni picking back up.

What did you read in February? Have you read any the books that are on my March TBR? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel