Monday, 21 September 2015

Read Your Bookshelf A Thon TBR

Hello there everybody! Wow, I have definitely been blogging a lot lately, and to tell you the truth, I really actually am enjoying it. I am currently on a two week break from school right now, as it was the end of the term, and so I’ve had a lot more time to blog.

If you had noticed, I took about a two week break from blogging at the beginning of this month, and that was because of two reasons. One, I was changing over to a new blogging platform, which I may actually make a post on why I did that if you would to see it. If you would, you can let me know in the comments. However, the second reason on why I wasn’t blogging was because it was the end of the term. The last two weeks of every term are always when I have the most assessments to complete, and this last term was no different. I had four assessments the first week and seven assessments the second week so I was VERY busy, which meant that I didn’t have a lot of time for blogging. It also meant that I never got the chance to upload my TBR post and my Wrap-Up post, which makes me sad, because I was looking forward to putting those up.

I may still upload my August Wrap-Up, because it was a bit of a special one, as during the month of August, I was doing a little bit of a different thing with my reading, so I’d like to put one up. However, I don’t think that I will put up a TBR. It’s a bit too late into the month to put up a TBR for September, as September is almost over.

As I was busy with schoolwork, I didn’t have a lot of time to read either. So, I have only read one book so far this month. I was hoping to read a few others, but I didn’t get the chance to. However, there is something going on in the week that will definitely bring my reading numbers up this month, and will hopefully also bring up my Goodreads challenge (right now I’m five books behind, yikes). What I am talking about is the Read Your Bookshelf A Thon, or RYBSAT. I am really excited to finally participate in this read-a-thon, as I have heard about it from so many different bloggers and vloggers. It’s also really lucky that RYBSAT has fallen on my two week break, because that means that I am going to be able to read a lot.

If you haven’t heard of RYBSAT before, basically what is, is you pick a certain shelf on your bookshelf. You then pick a certain book on that shelf, and then you read on from there. I feel like this is a very unique read-a-thon, and I am so excited to participate in it. This month, it is running from the 22nd to the 29th of September, which means that for me since I live in Australia, it is starting tomorrow.

So, now onto the books that I will be reading during RYBSAT. I actually have two different bookshelves, my read books, and my TBR books, however for this read-a-thon, I decided that I wanted to re-read some of my old favourites, so I went with my read bookshelf.

I then had to choose a shelf on this read bookshelf, and I decided to go with my middle-grade shelf, because I just wanted to go back to my childhood, and read some old books.

Finally, the last thing that I had to do was choose a book on my middle-grade shelf, and read on. This was pretty easy for me, because I already had the books in mind that I wanted to re-read. Those books were, the 39 Clues Series.

So, I am going to start with The Maze of Bones, then move onto One False Note so on, and so forth, until the week is up. I am actually hoping to complete all of these books by the time that RYBSAT is over, because for one I’m really behind on my Goodreads challenge, and two, I just really want to read a lot of books this month for some reason. There are eighteen books all together, which is over two books a day, but I feel like I can do this, as all of the books are just under, or just over 200 pages, with the exception of a few of them.  This does mean that all together I will be attempting to read 3,774 pages throughout the week. This calculates to me reading about 540 pages each day, which does sound like an insane amount of pages each day, but I think I can do it. The words on each page are larger because they are middle-grade, so I should have no problem completing this goal.

You can follow RYBSAT at twitter to keep up on the read-a-thon news:
I will have a wrap-up going up after the read-a-thon, so look forward to that, and I also hope to have a few posts going up throughout the read-a-thon. They won’t necessarily be about the read-a-thon, but I’m sure that I will mention them at some point.

I really hope that you are all going to participate in this read-a-thon with me, and if you are let me know down in the comments what books you’re hoping to read throughout the seven days!

Thank you all for reading, and I will talk to you next time! 

Secrets in Phoenix Cover Reveal!

Hello there everybody! So, as you may have seen in yesterday’s post, I released some sneak peeks on Gabriella Lepore’s new book, Secrets in Phoenix, from the publishing company, OfTomes Publishing.
Today, I have something super, super, super exciting about Secrets in Phoenix, and I am so happy to be one of the few people that gets to release it to you. This being, ***DRUMROLL PLEASE*** the book cover for Secrets in Phoenix by Gabriella Lepore, and let me just say that the cover is absolutely beautiful!

I really hope and think that you all will agree with me in saying that this book cover is completely stunning, and I can’t wait to see what the book holds inside.

Along with this cover, I also have a few other new things that I can share with you. One of these being, something that was in yesterday’s post, but I thought that I would share it with you again today. That is the blurb or the synopsis of Secrets in Phoenix.

Like what I said yesterday, this synopsis is so intriguing, and this along with the cover, just tells me that Secrets in Phoenix is going to be an amazing and breath-taking book.

One new thing that I have to share with you is the book trailer for Secrets in Phoenix, which makes this book look so freaking intriguing.

You can also find the book trailer at this link:

You can also pre-order the book NOW over at Amazon. It is available at all Amazon sites.

The last thing that I have here for you is a special pre-order giveaway of sorts. Basically, if you pre-order a kindle copy of the book on amazon, and then send a picture of the pre-order confirmation to BenjaminofTomes Twitter, Instagram or his email, you have the chance of winning one of five special, limited-edition, proof copies of Secrets in Phoenix, which I mean sounds so cool and amazing, so you should all go and enter.


You can find Ben from OfTomes Publishing at multiple different social media locations.

I really hope that you guys are all as intrigued and as interested in this book as I am, because honestly
it just sounds amazing. I cannot wait for the book to come out on October 13th of this year, because I know that I will be picking it up and giving it a read.

Thank you for reading this, and I hope that you all enjoyed this. This is the second book cover reveal that I have done on Bookwormia, and honestly I really enjoy doing them.

I like helping out authors and publishers that need the book covers to be released across as many different blogs and BookTube channels as possible. If I get the chance to do a cover reveal again, I will definitely take the offer because, honestly, I just love doing them.

I really encourage all of you to go and check out Secrets in Phoenix, check out BenjaminofTomes on YouTube, and of course, go and see what other books Gabriella Lepore has out, and finally I hope that you all go and check out OfTomes Publishing.

Once again, I hope that you enjoyed this post, and I will talk to you all next time!

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Secrets in Phoenix Sneak Peeks

Hello there everybody! So, this post is for something very exciting. As some of you may know, I love watching BookTube videos. One BookTuber that I enjoy watching a lot, BenjaminofTomes, has just announced something very exciting. He has started up his very own micro-publishing company, called OfTomes Publishing!

You can find OfTomes Publishing at these following places:


So, the first book for this new publishing company is, ‘Secrets in Phoenix’, by Gabriella Lepore, which is very exciting. There is not much that has been released about this book yet, however I am here today to share with you the few things that have been released.

The first thing being the actual name of the book, the author of the book, and of course, the release date of the book.

As you can see, the book will be coming out on the 13th of October, which is coming up very soon! I am definitely very excited for it to come out!

I am also very excited to give you the synopsis of the book, so that you can hopefully get excited to own it yourself when it comes out!


 I don't know about you, but this synopsis sounds extremely intriguing.

 Here are just a few words that make it sound like the book is going to be completely amazing and I just know that I am going to enjoy it a whole lot. 


The last thing that I have to show you is a drawing, which looks like it is mostly likely meant to be a picture of the boarding school that Sophie, Sam and Todd are going to be attending. Which is just super exciting to get a visual of something from that is in the book!

Overall, I know that all of these sneak peaks into 'Secrets in Phoenix' are making me that much more excited to read it when it comes out. Along with showing you guys these sneak peeks for the book, I've also been given the chance to be one of the few people to release the book cover tomorrow, so look forward to that! I was really excited to be given the chance to do this by OfTomes Publishing, so thank you very much for allowing this!

I hope you guys enjoyed this, and I will talk to you all later!

Review: It's Raining Cupcakes, By: Lisa Schroeder

Have you ever read a book when you were little, and absolutely loved it, but then when you go back and try to read it again when you're a little bit older, and it's not as good as you remember it being? Yeah, that's what happened for me with It's Raining Cupcakes.

I'm pretty sure that I got It's Raining Cupcakes for my birthday one year, and I remember reading it straight away and absolutely loving it. I used to be really into cooking and baking. I still am, just not as much. I also used to really want to become a chef/baker (now I'm leaning more towards becoming an editor/publisher/author). So, reading a book about baking and opening up a cupcake shop, was mesmerizing to me. It made me want to pursue baking and cooking even more than I already did. At the back of the book there are cupcake recipes that are mentioned in the book, and I remember loving making them, and knowing that I was making the same cupcakes that Isabel and her mom were making in the story.

It's Raining Cupcakes is a book about a girl named Isabel who lives in a very small town in Oregon. She's never left, and she would do pretty much anything to go somewhere other than where she is. So, when she gets the chance to possibly go to New York through a baking competition, she jumps at the chance. However, with her mom opening up her own new cupcake shop, she's not getting to make what she wants to make for the competition. Her mom wants her to make cupcakes, but she wants to make something a little bit different. 

As you can tell, this book is more of a middle-grade, children's book. Like I said, when I was little I loved It's Raining Cupcakes. However, when I picked it up this time, I wasn't as wowed by it. Sure, it was the same story, but it just wasn't as interesting anymore. The writing wasn't that good, and it felt like it was written for little children, who wouldn't really be able to tell the difference between good writing and bad writing. Don't get me wrong, it's not the worst writing I've ever read, but it definitely could have been better. With me being sixteen, I've read books from amazing authors, that could write about anything and their writing style and use of words would make me want to read it. Lisa Schroeder's writing just didn't have that same effect on me.

I know that a lot of this critisism isn't going to be that surprising, as this is a children's book, but some children, or middle grade novels are really well written and do have interesting storylines. This just unfortunately isn't one of them for me anymore. I do have some books that I read when I was little, that I will still read and enjoy to this day, It's Raining Cupcakes is not one. I find this kind of funny, because in my very first blog post ever, I said that I could never get bored of this book, but here I am saying that I've gotten bored of it.

I read It's Raining Cupcakes in probably just over an hour, because it's less than 200 pages, and honestly, I don't think that it was a complete waste of my time, because yes I did enjoy the storyline still, and I did enjoy the baking aspects, but I don't think I will be reading this one again. At least not for a while. I would however like to check out some of Lisa Schroeder's YA books, because I'd like to see if they would change my opinion of her as a writer. 

Lisa Schroeder is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including the YA novels I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME and ALL WE HAVE IS NOW and the middle grade novels IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES and MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS. She loves tea and cookies, flowers, family hikes, books and movies that make her laugh and cry, and sunshine. Living in Oregon, she doesn't get nearly enough sunshine, but the hikes are amazing.

I am Mercy Cover Release

Hello everybody! So, for today's post, I actually have something really exciting to show you. I watch a BookTuber named Mandi Lynn on YouTube, and she is actually an author. She has written one book that she self-published called Essence, and **DRUM ROLL PLEASE** She has a new book that is coming out called I am Mercy AND I have been given the cover and the sypnosis to show you guys! So, without further ado... The cover of I am Mercy is:

 I actually really, really like this cover, and I am hoping that it will match well with what's inside the actual book!

As mentioned above, I also have the official synopsis to give you guys! Here it is:

"Imagine livng every day, knowing your family doesn't love you. Imagine living a life in a world that looks at you as a curse. In 14th century France Aida is accused of being a witch when teh Black Death wipes through her village. Abandoned by her family she is surrounded by death and disease, but when a woman who may actually be a witch tells her how to cure the plague it may mean uncovering a dark magic. But if that means being able to save those you love, wouldn't you do it? Even if they didn't love you back?"

I don't know about you, but that synopsis gave me complete chills, and I can not wait to be able to read it! I am Mercy is a Historical Fantasy novel, which usually isn't the type of book that I would reach for, but the synopsis just completely intrigues me.

I really hope that I have gotten at least a few of you guys interested in reading this book, because I for sure am! If you would like to see the video where Mandi herself revealed the book cover, you can click hereAlso, if you would like to follow Mandi on any of her social medias' then you can find her at these links:


Well, I hope that you guys liked this little bit of a different post today, because I really enjoyed creating it! I'm really looking forward to reading I am Mercy and I hope that you all are too! I am hopefully going to be having some new blog posts up in the next few days, as I have a few book reviews that need to be done. Other than that though, I will talk to you guys later! Bye!

August 2015 TBR

Phew, it seems like the last few months have gone by so fast! How are we already in August already? I thought that since I did it last month, I would try to start making this a monthly thing and do a TBR post each month. 

So, this month my TBR is a little bit different. I thought that this month I would try to particpate in a bit of a reading challenge over on Instagram. This one was created by Nicole over at @nicole_in_neverland, and it's called the August Bingo Book-A-Thon. Basically what it is is that you make a 5x5 bingo board, so it has 25 spaces on it, and you fill it in with books on your TBR. You then put all of the names onto little pieces of paper and put it into a jar, or in my case a mug and you pick out a book to read. Once you have read that book, you cross it off on your bingo board. The goal of the month is to reach 5 in a row, and get a bingo.
 I'm sorry if some of the spaces may be a bit hard to read, but this is my bingo board for the month of August. These are the books that are on the bingo board:

The Truth About Celia Frost by Paula Rawsthorne

Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp AKA JK Rowling

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Children of the Lamp by P.B. Kerr

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling

The Institute by Kayla Howarth

My Not So Still Life by Liz Gallagher

The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale

It's Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

The Lovely Chocolate Mob by Richard J. Bennett

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

The Illuminations by Andrew O'Hagan

Perfections by Kirstyn McDermott

Witch and Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Faking 19 by Alyson Noel

Eon by Alison Goodman

Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel

I have actually already finished three of the books on this list, and those are: It's Raining Cupcakes, The Institute, and My Not So Still Life.

I really hope that you enjoyed this short little post about what I will be reading this month. I am hoping to put up a review for every single book that I finish this month, so we'll see how that goes! Bye!