Wrap Up – May 2019

May has absolutely FLOWN by and I feel like I’ve achieved pretty much nothing. I’ve only read 5 books (although Outlander was a mammoth sized book and I’m halfway through another pretty big one…) and have barely made a dent in my assignments while fighting off a bad cold.

Pretty sure my body is rebelling and is forcing me to sleep and rest tomorrow but I’ll have to wait and see.


My Fav

I feel like I’ve gone on about this series a fair bit. But I’m just loving it! And I’m LOVING the fact that I’m getting spoiled with free copies in exchange for an honest review!

What more could a history, fantasy, romance loving bookworm want?

But seriously, go check out my review of Son of the Moon and the rest of the series!

FYI – the rest of the series includes The Road to Alexander and Legends of Persia (in reading order).


My Least Fav

Tuscan Enchantment is only the third book I can truly say I didn’t enjoy that Rach Random Resources offered on tour. Which was such a shame because I really do love historical sites, reading them described in different ways and learning something new about somewhere I want to go.

And the worst part is, if this book was set historically I think it could’ve been great because it sounded like the author’s natural writing style is best suited to that genre.


What’s coming up

The next few months are pretty much entirely tours. And since Rach Random Resources is my main source of tours, you’re going to be seeing a lot more of her stuff coming up!

She almost always picks great books and authors to promote though so I’m sure you’ll love the ones we have coming up!

I’m also going to need to spend probably the first half of June smashing out two assignments (well I guess it’s three but the third one is a reflection so doesn’t take quite as much effort) before getting a couple of weeks to chill out before the next unit starts. And I have already found a cool looking new wine bar that I reckon my partner and I could enjoy.

It even has craft beer and ribs for him. I mean, how else was I going to convince a beer lover to come to a swanky looking wine bar with me? O and coz it’s not too far from a bus stop we wont’t even need to compete for parking in an area that is awful to find parking in! Even for my parking goddess skills.

No joke, I can ALWAYS find a park, even when it’s Christmas mad shopping times. It’s weird but I love my super power!


My 2019 Goals Update

Short answer. There is none other than I’m now up to 38 books read for the year.

Also, I keep coming up with ideas for great discussion posts or series posts but then have no time to write them!! I promise one day I’l l get there!

And that’s a wrap for another month! I’ll see you on Monday for my first review for June!

Wrap Up – April 2019

OMG! This month has been CRAZY for me!

I thought it’d calm down after rushing to complete one unit and then doing the assessments for 2 others before 1st April so my qualification can stay up to date. But nope!

If anything I feel like April has been even worse what with my finishing off one unit (2x assessments) and starting the next one where I’ve had to do all the hard work (and incredibly boring elearns) for that assessment. Speaking of, I’m writing this as I SHOULD be writing up a report for my boss so I can finalise this assessment over the weekend since she goes on leave for a month next week and this is due in line 2 weeks! EEK!

I don’t think I can do a fav book this month…. I just loved (almost) all of them in different ways! I had a good month having so many positive reviews!


My Lease Fav

So I feel like this one is a little obvious given it was really the only one I gave a negative review to.

I loved how Brooklyn was going until the main character decided to cheat on her husband. I just don’t understand that and I don’t see how it added value or anything to the story.

It just made it end on a really bad note as far as I’m concerned.


What’s coming up

So as you might have noticed I’ve dropped off my series reviews (sorry, time just hasn’t been on my side this month) so I’m HOPING I can start those up again late next month. Otherwise I’ll get those up and running again for June.

I also have the Shift series reviews scheduled to be finished this month, otherwise who knows when they’d go up and I think Zoe deserves some credit for her writing and providing me ARCs of them to read and review!


My 2019 Goals Update

Well I guess the easiest to talk about is my weight. Still not budging but at least I can attribute this to muscle gain since I not only FEEL stronger. But I’ve also been able to increase my weights across the board which is awesome!

For example, last night I was doing dead lifts (2x 1min rounds with about 10ish reps per round) with 30kgs (half my body weight!) and 20kg bench presses (2x 1min rounds with about 10ish reps per round) when 4 months ago I was lucky do do 8kgs for both!

OK, reading goal. I’m up to 33 books read which is like half my goal! I might need to consider upping that goal lol! Am I feeling behind on my study because I read 11 books this month?

And time for me to move on and get my assignment report ready for my boss! Otherwise I can’t go to my boxercise class tomorrow and I want to go!!

Pottermore inconsistencies…did you see them?

Genres: Fantasy

So I watched Fantastic Beasts (the latest one) a few weeks ago (finally!) and I had a few issues with it. I really need to talk about these coz I haven’t got anyone that I can talk to face to face about this so I’m putting it out to you all to discuss with me!

To start off with, let me list roughly what they are before I go into them.

  • Dumbledore’s age
  • McGonagall’s age
  • Grindelwald’s age
  • Nagini is a person?

Dumbledore’s age

I’m not one to complain about a fairly good looking guy being cast, and Jude Law does a good job of being attractive if you like posh, smarty pants Brittish guys. Since that’s not really my thing, I can appreciate that he’s good looking without being in love which clouds me to other aspects of his character.

In this case, it’s the fact that he looks like he’s about 35-45. Given that Harry Potter is set in the late 80s early 90s, and Fantastic Beasts is set in the 20s. Which means that by the time the Harry Potter movies are around he’s gotta be like…*pause while my brain desperately tries to do some maths….resorting to counting on my fingers*…over 100 easy.

Does that sound feasible to you?

Like I know they have magic, but that just seems a bit ridiculous even with magic. And I feel like (not that I’ve double checked) Dumbledore was pitched at about the 80-90 year old mark by the time Harry starts school. So how can this work?

BTW, with Scamander being an old student of his, it gives credibility to my thoughts that he’s like 35-45 by this movie.

McGonagall’s age

So this one was more like a fleeting look at her but again. She’d have to be close to 100 by the time Harry starts school. And I swear she’s described as being in her 50s or 60s in the Harry Potter books.

Which means she can’t have been born yet, or if she was, only just meaning she’d still be a tiny baby. So how the hell did she end up being in this?

From my memory of the Harry Potter books (I will admit it’s been a while since I’ve read them), it’s implied that Dumbledore taught her at school, which would mean that she’s not old enough to look kinda weathered yet in this movie.

Given my estimation of Dumbledore’s age in this movie, she can be at the most, like 20 years old. It just doesn’t work!!!

Grindelwald’s age

This one is bad enough that even my boyfriend who hasn’t read the books and can only say he’s seen the movies picked up on this one. With Johnny Depp’s character being entirely white haired my boyfriend turns to me and asks “I thought he’d be younger in this?”

My response? “Yea he’s only meant to be 3-4 years older than Dumbledore, so he should be around the 40 year old mark. But given his character was like 80 in the last Harry Potter movie he should be a baby now, not an older adult.”

This obviously backs up my point that Dumbledore should be much younger in this movie! So based on the information that by like 1995 Grindlewald should be about 80, that means in the 20s he should have been….10ish?

If Dumbledore is 3-4 yrs younger than Grindlewald he would be about 5ish. How is that old enough to be a teacher?

Nagi is a person?

What the hell? I thought if you turned into an animal (other than an animagus or a werewolf) then you couldn’t really be human again?

Like Hermione needed help from the nurse when she turned herself into a cat, and that took a few weeks to wear off. How is it then that Nagini has the same name as Voldermort’s snake which implies that she get’s stuck in snake form even after being turned into a human for a little bit from a polyjuice potion.

Which begs the fact, why couldn’t she talk as a human in the Deathly Hallows if she was originally a human?

If even the uneducated can pick up on these blatant issues. How the hell did they think they could get away with it?!

What are your thoughts on my issues with Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald?

Tamora Pierce – The Circle Universe

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Hi all, welcome back to a new series of series reviews! Woohoo!

My mum bought me the first book in this world’s series when I was like 9 or something when I was in the city with her one day. I distinctly remember hating her in that moment for forcing me to read something outside of my normal genres.

In my first attempt of fantasy I really hated it. But luckily a few years later I rediscovered Tamora Pierce through a friend and ended up falling in love with all of her books and went back to reread this one.

To give you an overview, this series follows 4 main characters in the original Circle of Magic series when they are first brought together.

Tris, Briar, Sandry and Daja in The Circle of Magic Source

Over the course of the Circle of Magic, The Circle Opens and The Circle Reforged we see them grow up and into their powers in ways that keep you engaged, interested and riveted.

Sandry, Daja, Briar and Tris all grown up Source

Across all three series we travel across various regions countries, so you may find the below map helpful as I review the series.

The Circle Universe world map Source

I look forward to exploring this series with you and hearing what you think of these reviews!

TV Shows or Movies adapted from Books

So I’m sure I’m not the only one who reads books but also watched TV shows and movies. But I do find that when I discover they are based on a book I have to wonder if the book is better than the film version.

Since I’m sure I’m not the only one like this I thought I would start a discussion about this. Because this is intended as a DISCUSSION post I’d like you to share your thoughts in comments below. If you don’t, then it won’t really work will it?

To kick off the discussion I thought I’d start off with a bit of a list of some of the film versions of books I’ve seen that I either have read or want to read. In coming weeks (I haven’t decided on how often I will add a new discussion posts) I will be exploring individual ones in more detail to explain WHY I want to read the books.

I read these ones after seeing them (even if it was only the first episode/movie)

  • Game of Thrones
  • Harry Potter
  • Trueblood
  • Hunger Games
  • The 100
  • Divergent
  • Water for Elephants

I want to read these ones

  • Outlander (currently working on this series SLOWLY)
  • Altered Carbon
  • Vampire Diaries
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Time Traveller’s Wife
  • Me before You
  • Veronica Mars *added late May*

I saw these after reading them

  • Vampire Academy
  • Eragon
  • The Hobbit

I am going to make a note that if I think of other books to add to any part of this post I will be doing so. You never know, you might even be the ones to remind me of others!

My 2019

I thought I’d do a special post (slightly delayed compared to many other bloggers, but I was busy getting this new site up and running for you!) to tell you about some things I’m looking forward to this year. And a few goals I have for myself as well as a little bit about what I’ve got planned for this year.


My goals

  1. To read 65 books over the course of this year minimum (I’m not counting the reviews coming out in January and February that I actually read in 2018), this is my Goodreads Challenge so feel free to keep track of my progress
  2. I have signed up for another challenge from Booklover Book Reviews called the Aussie Author Challenge where I’ve chosen to do the Wallaby Challenge
  3. To roll out my Series Reviews again, this time focusing on Tamora Pierce’s two worlds
  4. To lose 6kgs and stay below 56kgs! I feel like when I tip over that number, I start looking fat, which has everything to do with how short I am!

Plans for 2019

I’m going to return to my Monday reviews, and Friday Series Reviews after a hectic January and February finishes up. So come March it will calm down a little bit.

I’m studying a bit this year to update and improve my qualifications for work (the first part has already given me all the material I need to work through! Eek!). So, if I do need to pull back on the reviews a little later in the year, that’s why.

I’m also going to be trialling a few new things (like this) so I really look forward to hearing what you do and don’t like about what I do. If I like it you will keep seeing it.


Books I want to read this year that are already available

  • Tamora Pierce’s:
    • Tempests and Slaughter
    • Tortall: A Spy’s Guide
    • Tortall and other worlds
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon’s:
    • I would list them but there’s too many! I didn’t realise all her books are from the same world so I want to read all the one’s I haven’t read yet
  • Gail Honeyman’s:
    • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (I got this from Bad Santa at work in 2018)
  • J.K. Rowling
    • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    • Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

Books being released this year

  • Tamora Pierce’s:
    • The Exiles Gift
    • An untitled Maura of Dunlath novel
  • Mollie Blake’s:
    • An Unconventional Affair Book 2: A Risk Worth Sharing
  • Adriana Gavazonni’s:
    • The first book from an untitled spin off series from Hidden Motives which I believe she said comes out in March
  • Sean Heary’s:
    • An untitled sequel to The Concordat which I believe he said would be coming out in July

I hope you’re looking forward to some of those books as well this year. If you know of any other books you think I’d like, feel free to comment below so I can check them out. You might even see some of them reviewed later in the year!

The Journey Begins

Hi, and welcome to my blog Proud Book Reviews!

I’m a 27 yr old Aussie woman from Melbourne who loves to read. Like I REALLY love to read.

Only problem is I don’t have a lot of money to spend on new books. So instead, I signed up to email notifications for sales, cheap and free books. Over the past yr I’ve bought over 300 books that caught my attention this way and my goal is to work my way through all of these new books reading each one without remembering what each book is about.

While all of these books have been purchased for my Kindle I also have a great book collection and my ultimate dream is to have an library with ladders on runners and a window lounge chair where I can curl up and read in the sunlight (or what little we get here in winter) whenever I want.

This blog is going to be focused on reviews on these books, however they will be focusing on more of a recap of how I felt reading the book at certain points or overall. So, if you haven’t read the books be prepared for spoilers! Some of these reviews will be on some of the books I read previously but have stood out whereas others will be completed right after finishing a book.

My ultimate goal with this blog is to keep track of what I’ve read so if I can’t pick a new book or want to re-read a book I’ve read before but can’t remember the name I can refer back to these notes, thoughts and feelings. However, I hope these can help you discover new aspects of books you haven’t discovered yet or stimulate conversations you haven’t yet had about these books.

All of my reviews will be my own opinion, but I’d love to hear if you agree or disagree with anything that I write. Thank-you, and I hope you enjoy reading my reviews.

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books and that’s kind of the same thing

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