End of the Year TBR | 2017 | Sitting In The Clouds

The end of the year is approaching rather too quickly, with Halloween now out of the way, if you aren’t American, the next big holiday is Christmas, and then…BAM, it’s New Year. Although I’ve been very happy with what I’ve read so far this year, I love a good old list, so here are the books I really want to get around to before midnight strikes on the 31st of December.



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> Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks 
If you didn’t know by now, I’m a major Tom Hanks fan, he is my favourite actor if you didn’t know, so when I heard he was releasing a book, I had to have my hands on it. I’ll be ashamed of myself if I don’t get to his book by the end of the year. I heard the audiobook is really good as Tom Hanks reads it, and plus my physical book is signed so it’s looking likely I’ll give the audiobook a try.
> Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by JK Rowling 
The most annoying thing about this book is I started my reread way back in the summer. I got about halfway through and just put it down. I won’t be restarting this book, as I already know the story so I’ll just pick up where I left off. But I’ve had enough of it sitting on my bedside table, it isn’t a small book either.

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> Winter by Marissa Meyer 
I really enjoy the Lunar Chronicles and if I complete Winter, I would have ticked off another series off my list. I really want to get around to this book soon but the size always puts me off. It would be a bonus if I also got to Stars Above, the novella.
> The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
How can I not get around to this book this year? It’s probably the one number book of the year. It’s a must that I read it before the year is out.

Honourary mention goes to Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher. Giovanna Fletcher is one of my number one auto-buy authors. This is her newest release and it’s not even out yet. It comes out on the 16th of November and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.



I haven’t included too many books as there are only two months left of the year and seeing the pattern of how my reading has gone previously, I can fit another 10 books in before the year ends. Therefore I didn’t want to restrict myself to only the books I’ve mentioned in this list.

Have you got any must-read books before the year is out? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel 



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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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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.

Currently Reading

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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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January Wrap-Up & February TBR | 2017 | Sitting In The Clouds

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Welcome Back!!! The first month of 2017 is already over and I’m pleased to announced that with everything that went on in January I read a total of 3 books. Now that may not seem like a lot but when Crooked Kingdom is one of the reads and it was over 500 pages and it being taller than your average book as well as having ridiculously small font, I’m happy with 3. None of them received lower than 4 stars which is an awesome start to my reading year.

January Wrap Up:

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Screenplay by JK Rowling (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

To be honest I can’t pick a favourite book I read this month, they were all awesome in their own ways. Of course Fantastic Beasts was epic. It was amazing to reenter the wizarding world and because I had already seen the film before reading the screenplay, as I was turning the pages the film was replaying in my head. Amazing, recommend to all Potterheads. I can also totally understand why there is so much hype around the Six of Crows duology, I loved it. The characters, the plot, the writing was just amazing but I defiantly preferred the first book. I found the second dragged in places and Six of Crows just had action and plot twists on every page.

February TBR:

I’m not really sure what I want to read in this upcoming month. February is only 28 days the year so I don’t want to make my TBR too ambitious. However I am off uni for the majority of it so I’m hoping to get quite a bit done, but I’m having trouble picking out any specific books so I’m going to let my mood decide.

Currently Reading:

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  • Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland – I’m not very far into this book at all as I’m writing this but it’s intriguing me and I’m interested to see where the plot takes me.

I’m so happy with how my reading year is turning out so far. GoodReads is telling me I’m currently on track to finish 50 books by the end of the year which is good. How did the first month of 2017 go for you reading wise? Let’s chat in the comments. Did we read any of the same books? What are your thoughts?

until next time,

xoxo, rachel


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November Wrap Up & December TBR | Sitting In The Clouds

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Welcome Back!!! I’m pretty pleased with the amount I’ve read this month as I didn’t think I would manage four books seeing as uni has been really full on. However,  I truly feel the reason I read the amount I did in November was thanks to how much I was commuting into London for uni so eBooks came in super handy. I read a lot of my phone this past month so I was able to read on the train more easily than an actual book. I even read standing up on the tube which is something I would have never done with a physical book and I found it even more helpful to switch my reading view to “scrolling” so I didn’t even have to fake turn pages. So what did I read this month?


I finished 4 books this month and I’m currently in the middle of two, which I was hoping to get done by the end of November but it hasn’t happened. However, the books I did finish, I really enjoyed.

  • Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief by Rick Roirdan (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)
  • How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

I can’t get over how good Am I Normal Yet? was!! It’s easily reached my top books of 2016 list. It was just amazing. I loved the topics it hit and how well Holly Bourne wrote about them in a funny yet serious way. I loved all the characters and it was just incredible. Easily one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Favourites:

  • Favourite Book: Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
  • Favourite Cover: None really that really take my fancy. And because I read all bar one on my phone, it doesn’t really matter to me.
  • Favourite Character: Grover from Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief. A little upset he isn’t in Sea of Monsters as much. I also LOVE Whinnie from How Hard Can Love Be? And that leads in on to the next question….
  • Favourite Book Quote: Favourite book quote this month is something that Whinnie said about Winnie the Pooh….”Pooh lives in the moment. He doesn’t fret about the past, or freak about the future. He’s an expert in mindfulness.”

Honourable mention to Kyle from How Hard Can Love Be? for saying…”Failure is never getting hurt. Because that means you’ve not done anything you cared about.”

Currently Reading:

  • Did I Mention I Miss You? by Estelle Maskame
  • Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

I’m almost done with DIMIMY and I’m enjoying it. It’s a quick, fun, light read that’s perfect for the commute as I don’t have to think about it too much. I’m about 100 pages from the end so I’m hoping to finish it this weekend. Sea of Monsters I’m finding okay. I’m defiantly not enjoying it as much as Lighting Thief. However, I’m only about 100 pages in so I have the whole adventure to go yet.

December TBR:

Nothings screaming at me to pick them up this month so I’m not really sure what will be on the TBR or what I plan on reading in December. All I hope is that they will be great reads on end the year on. I’m annoyed at myself for only completing two books from Novembers TBR (click here), and I even DNF’ed Order of the Phoenix because I wasn’t feeling it so my goal for rereading Harry Potter this year is looking unlikely.


What did you read in the month of November? Did we read any of the same books? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel


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