24 hour write-a-thon

I always do 24 hour readathon’s. They are my favourite thing to do. I haven’t successfully stayed up the whole time anymore. Because I just love my sleep too much to give it up. And that’s no different to tonight. But I wanna see how much I can write and how many hours I can through a 24 hour period.

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             Tbr card game part 1

My reading is starting to go all over the place. I found these TBR cards off Etsy and had to grab one. I’m finally going to give it ago. And see how many I can stick too. I’m not sure how many rounds I’ll do. I’m undecided. But we’re just going to go with it.

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5 Days to Christmas: The Academy Awards Book Tag

Another book tag. I am a sucker for them. It’s not long now till Christmas. I’m not the biggest Christmas fan but I’m trying to enjoy myself more each year. So I thought why not find a book tag that’s like all those award shows. Pretty much every time you think of a type of book tag there’s usually one out there.

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9 days till Christmas: Christmas themed bookshelf scavenger hunt.

I don’t know if this has been done. All I know is I’ve been googling all the Christmas tags and just not feeling any of them then I thought why not do a scavenger hunt with Christmas themes. So if this has been made I apologise. Any who let’s get on to it.

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11 days to Christmas: top 11 books I read this year

Below are my top eleven new to me books I read this year and of what I thought. I’m not sure if I’ll do one about some of the books I gave up on. But time will tell.

Hell Skate

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August Wrap 😬

This month has been a weird one. It started off great. I was on holiday writing away and feeling great about where everything was going. I read a couple books then I hit a major slump. I couldn’t bring myself to pick up any new books or write anything. There were days where I got some more writing. I even looked up scene prompts to see if anything would work and I got some good ideas. And I learnt some cool things from my reread of Ravensong and Brothersong by TJ Klune. So here’s how this month went.

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A writer’s holiday part 2

I finally managed to get a place my dog and myself could go to for two nights. I’ve always wanted to go to some cabin/cottage that was secluded and just write. This wasn’t really secluded but it felt like it. It also didn’t have wifi or a tv.

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The Rainbow Challenge/July Wrap up

I decided to do something different for July and create a theme to help me choose between my TBR books. I had heaps of fun doing it and choosing the books to read for each colour. I think I will choose another challenge for August I’m not sure what yet. But below are the books I read for July.

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Campwrimo July complete

It’s been a minute since my last post. Which isn’t something I plan it just happened. And it’s probably done me well. This month I decided to do CampWrimo and set my goal to 5K. The point for the 5k was to get the words I had lost and just have a chilled out month writing. It wasn’t stressful and because of that I feel I wrote more on the days I was writing.

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May wrap up

This month I read quite a few big books. And I also feel I enjoyed what I was reading. Unlike the other few months where at the wrap up I felt like I didn’t enjoy that much. Even though I really did. This month I don’t feel that way at all. I can’t wait to tackle my June TBR.

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The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag!

Firstly this tag was created by Ellyn from Allonsythornraxx.

I wanted to do a book tag post. I quite enjoy them. And this one hit what I want to do more of with this blog and that’s recommend some cool books I’ve enjoyed with all of you.

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If you like Laura Thalassa books then you might like these.

For those of you that have read any of Laura Thalassa books you might come across some other books that have similar feels as hers. And if you like any of these books below and have never read any of her books I highly recommend you do.

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Dewey wrap up

It’s that time again. Dewey 24 hour readathon is one of my favourite readathon’s. The interactions you have with others online and just reading as much as you can in those hours is surprisingly the most fun. This readathon happens three times a year with a reverse one that also happens in August usually.

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Poetry month recommendations.

Its officially national poetry month. And I thought the best way to celebrate is to share some of my favourites. One of the things that has surprised me over the past few years of reading is my love for poetry. Especially the dark and gloomy sort, that just speaks to the heart.

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March wrap up 📚

It’s been a minute since I posted anything. I ended up being a close contact and had to isolate for 7 days and I kinda just didn’t feel like doing anything. But new month and plenty to do. Like campnano and Dewey readathon so it should be a more productive month.

That’s a wrap

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Strong female characters in book recommendations.

Below is a list of some books I’d recommend if you are looking for some strong female protagonist and side characters.

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Do I Have That Other Book Challenge

The long over due second challenge. I think doing tags is a great way to get to know someone. And what they enjoy or have on their shelves. So I enjoy watching people do these on booktube. I’ve seen this one a few years back I think it  was created by Keeping Tabs and Current Chapter  over on YouTube. However I couldn’t find there pages so I’m not sure if they are still around.

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7 Day NetGalley Readathon Wrap up

Day 1

I went for a lovely beach walk before sitting down and diving into the first book.

I unfortunately had to make the decision after months of trying to get into this book to just quit. The start was just to slow and I can’t sit through it. It just wasn’t what I thought it be.

So I went home and had tea leaf and started a new book.

This had a cool idea, writing it all in poems. However as much as it was an alright read. The poems really didn’t flow with each other. Also there were no stand outs. I enjoy poetry books and I love mythology. So I really was hoping this would be a favourite. But alas it would not be. This could have been beautiful. Again it was an alright read over all.


Day 2/3

I just got approved for another book that I have to apparently read in three days so here is the next book for the day.

I feel for all the hype I had seen around this. It’s also the only reason I kept reading. Maybe it will get better. It did not. For me this book was way to slow. It felt like it was that same slow paced story through out. It’s not a bad thing. It’s just not for me. I struggled to read this. I wanted to give up on it too. But I hated the thought that I’d miss out on why people loved it and I didn’t want this blog to be full of DNFs. So I pushed through. The characters where alright. The story itself had some interesting points. But overall it just wasn’t my sort of book and that’s ok.


Day 4/5/6

I started then gave up on this next read. But it wasn’t the books fault. I just don’t mesh with this genre. So if you are a Collin Hoover fan I’d say you’ll love this one.

With this readathon taking a massive nose dive with the books I had to read. I am starting to wonder if I don’t even know my own taste anymore when picking books on NetGalley to get a copy of. So far none have wowed me. None have been any favourites. With three more books to go it’s not looking good. Still on to the next one.

This was another late one to the pile. I had been seeing it popping up everywhere so I thought why not.

I really wasn’t expecting how dystopian this story would be. And as much as it was quite an original story. It just was that type of dystopian that I struggle to read. At first the book was very interesting. Finding out about who Benji was running from and what he was. To meeting the other characters that would be his allies. The characters where good. The whole story idea was very interesting and it’s definitely going to draw people in. Just isn’t a genre I work well with. It’s still nice to read a trans rep book though. And one done well.


I still have two books to get through. But this was a decent effort for me either way. I haven’t got any stand outs. And that’s ok. Still had some interesting reads.

7 day NetGalley Readathon TBR

I have a couple books to read and I seem to be falling behind (but keep requesting more) so I figured I’d spend a week focusing on nothing but my NetGalley TBR. I don’t know if I’ll get to them all or even finish them all. So here the possible TBR for the week

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Saturday spent reading and the out doors

This Saturday was all about relaxing. Going out to the push and finishing a good book. So below is a review of the book before we disappear by Shaun David Hutchinson.

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Some writing tips you see everywhere and how they work or don’t work for me.

When I decided to actually go through with writing my novel. I have been completely spammed with writing advice. And I’m going to be honest here.

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📝The Writer’s Book Tag

Let’s start this with were I found it. Writer booktag.

I’ve been struggling alot with motivation. Especially motivation to write. It’s not writer’s block. Because I’d love to actually write. It’s the desire to actually sit myself down and type away. So I’m trying out this whole thing about giving yourself motivation. One way is to do something “fun” make it enjoyable in some way. And seeing as I need a blog idea why not mix them. Two birds one stone. So here is the writers booktag.

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Hamelin Bay and Augusta day tripping.

I’ve taken myself away to get back to nature. One of my favourite things to do everytime I go away is to go exploring. And this time I ticked some things off my “bucket list”.

If you go in the morning or in the arvo to Hamelin bay you will get a few sting rays that come up to you. Apparently you can feed them but I went in the morning so I didn’t see anything or anyway to get this “food” but just seeing them in the ocean was mind-blowing. They come past you then spot you and will literally turn and come towards you. It’s the cutest thing. And when I found out about this I just had to go see for myself.

The Augusta lighthouse is having works done. But usually you can climb to the top of the lighthouse. So I’ll have to go back for that. Still it was cool to see the Oceania and the southern sea side by side. And slightly different colour. I’ve been needing to take a trip to Augusta for a while. I’m always close by. It’s not a bad town. Not much to do though. But if you come up for the day and see some of their sights it’s worth it. Like the old waterwheel

I personally enjoy seeing stuff like this. But it isn’t for everyone. However the beach is awesome to climb around on all the rocks would highly recommend.

I stopped in flounders bay. But to be completely honest it’s just a small over populated beach. I didn’t enjoy it that much.

All in all it was a nice trip

Day 9- Litha (Summer Solstice)

For the northern hemisphere it is Yule but here in the southern hemisphere it is Litha.

Found on Google images.

It marks the longest day of the year, and is said to be a time of great joy and strength. It is a powerful time when both Mother Nature and the Sun are at their fullest.

Litha symbols to try and incorporate it in your day.

  • Crystals: amber, garnet, obsidian, moonstone, jade, emerald
  • Animals: butterflies, robins, horses, fireflies
  • Colours: green, gold, purple
  • Flowers: honeysuckle, roses, chamomile, lavender
  • Plants: fennel, oak trees, mugwort, St John’s wort

For me I like to

  • Having a chamomile tea with honey
  • Wearing one of the stones for the day
  • Eating a beautiful berry platter with cheese and crackers
  • Burning my lavender candle
  • Placing flowers around the house
  • Making bath bombs and shower steamers using different oils and adding petals
  • And reading a good book

I’m always looking at things to add. And change up every year.

So Blessed Litha 🌻

Day 7-Christmas songs

Today is clean up day (As I work all week) in time for Christmas. I have my Christmas playlist going in the back ground to get in the mood of Xmas too. So I thought I might share some of my favourites.

Its such a boppy catching song I’ve played on repeat many times.

This is the oldest song for me on my playlist. When I first heard it it was at a time I hated Christmas and this just gave me goosebumps.

One of those songs that’s quite relatable.

It wouldn’t be my Christmas playlist without some darker songs.

And below are two classic Christmas covers

What are some of your favourites comment below.

Day 6- My 2022 Goals

I’ve been thinking alot about where I want this blog site to go. What I want to do reading wise next year. And just the idea of starting a new.

It’s been a pretty depressing two years. With everything covid. And my mental health taking some hits.

Deciding to start this blog. I just wanted somewhere to put all my love for books, hikes and witchy things. And it was a good escape. But I’d like to add more.

Like book reviews or hell even show/movies. I want to work on reviews more and get better at writing more interesting reviews. But, I also want to keep them fun.

Trying out different book genres. I want to read some books I would never normally pick up. see if my opinion has changed. As well as doing some more DNF do overs.

Month wrap ups. I got slack on these. But I’d like to so a general overview of the month that was and it not only be about the books I read but whatever else.

To read 100 books again next year.

Go on more walk trails. I feel the best mentally after getting back to nature. And if like to get back to that. There a few walks. Close by that I need to get to.

Write more. I have three WIP in the starting stage. I was think it would help to talk about them more here too.

Day 5- Some Books I’m looking forward to reading next year

These won’t all be new releases. Just like a heads up. There are some books I’ve been meaning to get to for a while now. And I feel like next year is the time. So here’s to knocking down my TBR.

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Day 3- 12 favourite book I’ve read this year

I have, officially, as of today read 109 books. I have two more to get through, but I highly doubt they’ll knock off one of these. This is a new record for me. Four years ago I could only ever reach an end goal of 60. Then last year I some how pulled out a 90. I hope I can keep this high book count next year. Killing my TBR in the process. Netgalley had really helped me push myself that’s for sure.

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Day 2- Using natural things to make Christmas decorations.

So at the end of last month I decided I wanted some natural Christmas decorations. So I went picking around my backyard and found some pretty cool things I thought could work.

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Day 1- 12 days till Christmas tag

First things first. This tag was created by Lizzie loves books.

To start of the 12 days till Christmas blog posts that will be coming your way. I thought this would be the best thing to do. Plus I’ve been feeling pretty unmotivated on every front. Joys of the summer heat kicking in.

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Why I decided to stop doing NaNoWrimo this round

This month I had every intention of doing Nano. I usually enjoy how competitive it makes me. It usually pushes me more. And I quite enjoy it. My whole goal was to write and have fun.

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Dewey Readathon spooky special book wrap up

Every October Dewey I try to keep all my books in a spooky theme. From shifters, scary, dark, paranormal. It doesn’t have to be full blown horror to work.

Opening Survey

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  Australia 🇦🇺
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  Dark rise by C. S. Pacat
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? My twisties and tea
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I may be addicted to tea…
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? Ummm. I’ve done a few of these and I have learnt to not force myself to read a slow book,smaller are better. And do sleep. Otherwise you can burn yourself out.

The first book I read

I started this earlier during the day. And managed to finish it by 10pm. It was a pretty decent horror. The start was creepy as hell that’s for sure. Jade was a hard character to like though. It was still a good read and definitely should be picked up. Especially if your a horror movie puff. Jade knows so much about horror movies herself. And it’s cool to see some name drops and all that.


This was a quick read before I went to bed. It was an alright story. Some of the language was a hard adjustment but I get it needed to be there. And the way the characters interacted was believable. It wraps up nicely and for a 153 page book you don’t feel like anything was missing.


Mid Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now? Dark Rise 2. How many books have you read so far? 2 3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Dark Rise 4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I’ve been with a few this morning reading during the day is harder 5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Nothing.

This book had alot going on. There are quite a few characters and a couple different POVs. To begin with it was alittle slow, and you are gathering a lot of information. But the more you get through this book the more addictive it gets (well for me anyway). The chemistry between James and Will is perfect and I can see a enemies to lovers kind of storyline. With Will always commenting on how familiar James is. Also naturally being a fan of the bad guys pretty much all the time I love James. The stewards are shifty people that I feel come across to “nice” and “righteous” that I feel they are hiding a lot of dark shit. I cannot wait for the next book that’s for sure. This story has a lot to offer. The magic system is interesting enough. And Pacat has a way of writing villains/broody bad guys that I just can’t help but love. And even though this had that chosen one story trope it’s actually working really well and doesn’t come across as annoying like some books. This book gave me the storyline I have always wanted so for that it’s an easy five star read.



My arc list is growing steadily. I’m currently sitting on 4 from NetGalley. Two aren’t due to read till next year. But why wait. let’s get shit done. So this week I’m focusing attention on 4 arcs and hopefully October is a much better reading month then September. Where I only managed to read three books all the way through and only liked one of them.


A poem collection from a heap of different authors that’s perfect for the spooky season. Some of the poems in here are dark. As a huge horror movie fan I jumped at the chance to read this book. And I wasn’t disappointed. Some of the poems in here where alright but there were a few stand outs for sure. Definitely worth picking up if you are a fan of horror and poems. But it also in not for the faint of heart. Some of these poems are confronting. . Plus that cover ❤️❤️.

I did not realise this was a part of a series. But honestly you don’t have to read the others to get what’s going on. I’m sure reading the others would help though. Still it was a decent enemies to lovers storyline. With werewolf cops. It was alright. I didn’t love this. Which does suck because I’m really getting into shift romances lately. Still all in all it was alright.

While reading this book above I got approved for another Arc. Making the new the tally 5

Firstly I love this cover. Still…I kinda had a feeling that me and this book might not mesh well. And sadly I was right. I ended up giving up on it. I like to give other genres a go. Especially ones I don’t touch very often to be more open minded. Sometimes you succeed other times not so much. Historical fiction like this just never works for me.

I don’t really know what to say about this one. I liked the flow to start with. But after a few chapters I just lost interest. I just couldn’t read this anymore. I know some people will enjoy it but I think I’m to “old” for it haha

I’ve made the decision not to read the book below yet. It’s pretty big and I have time. So it is currently on hold