2020 Goals Check in

Happy half way through 2020!

So 2020 has been a huge shit show but hey, I’m healthy and safe. I am so happy that Australia is going as well as it has, especially considering I am still working my full hours. I hope everyone is staying safe and remember, you’re not superhuman – stay inside, wash your hands, and if you’re sick stay at home.


The below are some of the things I had hoped to achieve in 2020. Looking at them, I know that some are now not so attainable than the others. But I shall update you on my progress.

Blogging

Until recently I had been staying pretty up to date with my ARC reviews but since COVID-19 hit, it has really been on the back burner. I haven’t really been reading all that much and adding to it the expectations of having to review have been a real de-motivator. So sadly, I have been neglecting my ARCs of late.

I had looked to be going strong on posting throughout the year but once again, I didn’t have the motivation to keep posting, so I took a month long hiatus in May. I’m back though, I am posting only once a week though but am happy with this. Also my 12 Tropes of 2020 Challenge is going strong, so that is quite nice to keep marking tiles off my bingo card.

Reading

I have been reading more non-fiction this year. If we count cook books then I have really been hitting that genre hard! Recently I’ve read a bunch of mindfulness, self care, sustainability, and personal finance non fiction books, which have been nice easy reads to flip through.

Sadly I have not started The Folk of the Air series yet, though I am in queue for the first book in audiobook format from my library. Additionally I have read Tithe and Valiant and have just started on the third book, Ironside. So you could say that I have started the larger series on my way to this series 😋

Also I have read about 6.5 of the 16 books in my Hopeful Reads of 2020 so I am preforming quite well in this regard. Especially since the level set was at least half 😋

Gaming

Okay, so it says ‘start’ Surviving Mars. I started it and the tutorials were just so boooooring – so I stopped. I really need to start this again as it was a gift from my partner and I really want to give it a good try at least for them.

Not progress on Mass Effect 3 yet. Recovering my save file will have to be something I lean heavily on my partner for us I do not know how to 100% go about this – there is a program that I will probably have to use that lets you make all the choices from the first two Mass Effect games and make it into a save file. Also yay! I finished Pokemon: Sword!

Personal

Still slugging along on that house deposit even though it is becoming more and more likely that I will not be able to afford purchasing a house anytime soon – well I could but on my wage I wouldn’t be able to feed us. Sadly there has been no movement on the blanket front as I am not in the mood to work on it or focus in it after work.

I have completely crossed out and marked off PAX 2020 as I highly doubt it will be going ahead. And if it does, I will not be attending such a large event so soon after the pandemic. No offence but I will be paranoid for quite a while after it.

Hopefully the second half of 2020 is a lot kinder to all of us!


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2020 Goals

Happy almost end of the first month of 2020!

After the kind of, and almost of success of my 2019 Goals list, I have decided to give it a go again. But this time, in widget form! So say goodbye to the tired format of last year, and say hello to my pretty checklist!

Hello pretty checklist.

The above image is one that will live on the side of my blog in a widget. When I am able to tick something off, I will update the image with one with pretty ticks so that I and everyone else who cares can keep track.

Remarkably similar to my Hopeful Reads of 2020 personal challenge – this 2020 Goals checklist is a passive one. I may talk about it or feature it if I mark off something but other than that, its job is to sit there and look pretty.

Hopefully you will see this 2020 Goals image on the side widget if you visit on a browser but if you visit my page while using a mobile or tablet, you will have to scroll right now to the bottom to check out this lovely content. But no worries, I am just happy that it is there for my own personal reference.

…to quietly breath down my neck and remind that I said I would get shit done this year…


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2019 Goals Rundown!

Happy almost the end of 2019!

Let’s have a quick look at what I have accomplished this 2019. If you’ve been paying attention, I have been tracking my progress each month in my Small Snippets posts, so some of this may not be a surprise to you.

Reread

I have gone abysmally at rereading books this year 😰 While I did try with reading the first book of the Lunar Chronicles this year, sadly I did not pick up any other books in the below series.

The Lunar Chronicles by Melissa Meyer.

❌The whole Tortall series by Tamora Pierce.

The Seventh Tower series by Garth Nix.

❌Finish the Modern Faerie Tales series.

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Currently Consuming:When the Night Comes

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Supernatural polyamorous shenanigans – I’m hooked

About: When the Night Comes is an episodic fantasy otome game with supernatural elements.

You are a Hunter, and you’ve been called to the quiet town of Lunaris to assist the local Enforcers with an investigation into a series of increasingly unsettling murders.

Immerse yourself in the world of Witches, Vampires, Demons and Lycan’s as you slowly unravel the mystery that lies deep within the roots of the town.

The question is, are the creatures of the night the ones you should really be afraid of? 

You might even fall in forbidden love along the way.

Taken from the When the Night Comes Offical Site
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Favourites: Family of Lies: Sebastian by Sam Argent

Family of Lies: Sebastian

by Sam Argent.

Publisher: link.

Goodreads: link.

Please note that due to issues with Dreamspinner Press slowly going out of business, there are are very few places you can purchase this eBook. Please check out the authors page though, as they are looking to self publish.


Sebastian Orwell did the only thing a smart wizard could do when he stumbled upon the wounded Crown Prince: he healed him and dumped him in a tavern where he could continue not being Sebastian’s problem. Unfortunately, the prince isn’t content with being alive, and he hunts Sebastian down to thank him personally. Not only is Sebastian stuck with the prince’s unwanted affections, he’s also confronted by growing evidence linking the assassination attempt to someone from his father’s past.

Lord Orwell is a lot of things: thief, liar, drunk, and all around horrible father, but Sebastian knows he’s no murderer. In order to prove it, Sebastian has to keep the prince alive long enough to discover the truth—a task made considerably harder because the idiot prince prefers wooing Sebastian over securing his own survival. On top of everything, Sebastian needs to save the day without revealing his magical powers and the real reason he hides his appearance.

Sebastian had no intention of playing the hero, but whoever is stirring up shit in his country will pay for destroying his quiet life.

Taken from book blurb

Length: 324 pages

Series: Family of Lies #1

Genre: Romance. Fantasy. QUILTBAG. M/M Romance.

Read As: Paperback.


Why is it a favourite?

Family OF Lies: Sebastian is such a breath of fresh air! The first time I read it, I DEVOURED it! I fell in love with the characters, the setting, and the romance between the main characters.

Not only is this book an amazing example of the fantasy genre but my god, the characters just jump from the page! Honestly I think Sebastian and Prince Turren are my favourite romantic pair 💕

There is snark.

There is sarcasm.

And there is a hard won happy ending, I may as well stop reading other books because Family of Lies: Sebastian is the perfect book for me.

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Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper

by Alice Oseman.

Publisher: link.

Goodreads: link.


BCharlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…? 

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…


From the author of Solitaire and Radio Silence comes a bind up of the first two chapters of Heartstopper, an ongoing webcomic.

Length: 288 Pages.

Series: Heartstopper #1

Genre: YA. M/M Romance. QUILTBAG. Graphic Novel.

Read as an: Paperback


My Thoughts

Okay so first up I loved this book(!) but you need to know the emotional journey I went on while reading it.

  • I had a Bubble bath and read Heartstopper.
  • I needed to read more of Heartstopper.
  • I researched and found out it is a web-comic.
  • I read all that is available of the web-comic.
  • I needed to read more of Heartstopper.
  • I preordered the fuck out of the second book.
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Smut Lovers Reading Group: One-Two Punch by Katie Allen

One-Two Punch

by Katie Allen.

Goodreads: link.


Blurb: Beth is willing to do almost anything to meet her dream man-including taking boxing lessons. She passes Harry’s gym for weeks before mustering up the nerve to walk in and talk to the gorgeous owner. Once she does, sparks fly as well as punches. Their budding relationship is tested with the arrival of Ky, Harry’s old Army buddy.

After years of frustrated longing for his fellow soldier, Ky is hoping that he can win Harry’s heart. He hadn’t planned on Beth, however – or the scorching desire she inspires. As the trio struggle to accept their feelings for each other, a menacing figure stalks Beth, watching, waiting-and preparing to snatch her away from the two men she’s grown to love.

Taken from Goodreads

Length: 264 pages.

Series: N/A Standalone.

Genre: Romance. Erotica. Menage.

Read as an: Paperback.


My Thoughts

I absolutely love this book. The book was originally published in 2008 by the now defunct Ellora’s Cave. I read the book initially when it was released years ago, but as soon as I found out the company was closing, I snapped up this book as a paperback. Which was such a good idea, as I cannot find it anywhere online.

I think this book started me on reading the m/m and LGTBQI romance genre and since then I have not looked back. I loved the story, and the characters of this book really jump off the page. Beth had me smiling, Harry had me swooning, and Ky had me falling in love.

I would really recommend this book or any of Katie Allen’s books. If you’re interested in finding more of her work, Allen is currently writing under both her own name and Katie Rundle.


Smut Level

Oh. My. God. This book, while not full of a lot of sex scenes, was so intense! The love triangle in this book wasn’t so much a rivalry rather a polyamorous relationship. On goodreads the books has a readers advisory that states: ‘This book contains smoking-hot scenes of ménage and M/M sex.” So yeah it was smutty.

The novel starts off with the relationship between Beth and Harry which features a lot of passionate scenes and even an anal scene. The story then extends to include Ky, where the scenes develop into threesomes which includes the men loving each other as well.

So to conclude, this books smut level was intense, not so much in the amount but in the intensity and variety! Loved it ❤


What did you think? Are there any romance novels that you love to read? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you 😊

LLR: Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

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Captive Prince

C.S. Pacat.

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomises the worst of the decadent court at Vere. But in the lethal web of Veretian politics, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen is caught up in a dangerous play for the throne, he must form an alliance with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: he must never reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else . . .

Taken from book blurb

Okay, so I have been promising myself that I would write a blog post dedicated to this book or the Captive Prince series as a whole… and I haven’t. So it looks like this is the perfect opportunity to force myself to write about how much I enjoyed this book.

I really enjoyed this book.

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Book Bingo Update 5

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The Fox, The Dog, and the King by Matt Doyle.

I feel so bad that it took me so long to read and review this book 😅 Especially since it and the first book of the Cassie Tam series are so amazing.

While I wouldn’t class this book as a typical Sci-Fi novel is nonetheless occupies such a Sci-Fi space. I’m constantly in awe of the technology of these books and love the world building surrounding these sci-fi-mysteries.

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Kaidyn’s Courage by Diana Waters

Kaidyn’s Courage

by Diana Waters.

Publisher: link.

Goodreads: link.

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When one man’s courage is lost to his own anger, another will try to rekindle it—no matter the cost.
Kaidyn is the son of the queen and a trainee officer in the kingdom of Sareen. He is also a Half-Blood—his father is from Iskandir, a neighboring kingdom which has been at war with Sareen for many years. Bitter and angry at the prejudice he faces, Kaidyn meets Sorin, a healer from one of Sareen’s most prominent noble families. As their relationship deepens, the war between Sareen and Iskandir grows worse. Not only will the pair inevitably become involved with the conflict one way or another, but Sorin is also hiding a secret, and time is running out for them both.

taken from the book blurb

Release Date: 22nd March, 2019.

Length: 147 pages.

Series: Wild Magics #2

Genre: QUILTBAG. M/M Romance. Fantasy.

Read as: eBook.

Sourced: the author.


My Thoughts

Kaidyn’s Courage is an emotional fantasy novel that at times had my heart racing and tears in my eyes. I really enjoy reading fantasy books that include QUILTBAG romances and Diana Waters has written an amazing book which delivers on all of these fronts.

I foolhardily started the book in my lunch break and was quite disappointed that I had to put it down and return to work. After this however, I was able to quickly devour the rest of the book in one sitting. Waters has written a really well paced novel that was not only really easy to read but made me want to keep reading. I found myself immersed very quickly and emotionally engaged with the characters. While I did read Kaidyn’s Courage quite quickly, boy did it manage to pack an emotional wallop.

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