Tamora Pierce – The Circle Universe

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 as they go on various adventures.

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!

Wrap Up – January 2019

Welcome to my first ever Wrap Up post!

So this month I somehow managed to cram in 8 book reviews, of which none. That’s right! NONE came from my TBR pile.

Of these 8 books I had a bit of a mixed reaction to them so I thought I’d let you know which one’s were my favs verses my least favs and why when I look back at these books. Because obviously I read in advance of posting so some of these I read like 2 months ago almost.


My Fav

This one was a little bit of a surprise for me because I signed up for this tour in October. So I’d completely forgotten about it until I triple checked Rach Random Resources website for all the tour’s I’d signed up for and their dates in mid-December.

Thankfully I remembered pretty quickly once I started reading it that it was the time travel book I’d signed up for.

Reading the book I was really enjoying it, and because I like to know how much more of the book I have to enjoy (or suffer in some cases) I kept checking how much I had left. Only to realise that I wasn’t going to get all my answers in this book.

Lucky for me Jennifer has signed the second book up for a tour in April. So come the 15th of April you will be able to find out what I thought of the second book!

Click here to read the review.


My Least Fav

So this one is my least fav because there were more things with this one that I didn’t like compared to a couple of the others.

Unless you know Australia well you probably wouldn’t even notice these things. But because I’m Aussie and I’d like to think (I’m more than likely deluding myself) I know my country fairly well. I just couldn’t stop researching maps trying to figure out where the hell this was set!

That and all the little things about Aussie culture (especially outback culture) that just didn’t feel right made this really difficult for me at times.

Don’t get me wrong, the story was quite good. The romance was there etc. I just don’t think I’d go back and read this again compared to the other books I reviewed this month.

Click here to read the review.


My Something Different

This was the first review I did from BookGlow and I quite enjoyed it!

Not only was it funny to read, but it’s something unlike anything I’ve read in the past.

It felt much more biographical (I’m not really a fan of biographies) than most of my books and it put a spin on our view of history and religion in a way that didn’t feel fantastical compared to Charlie Ludlow’s The Things We Learn When We’re Dead.

Click here to read the review.


What’s coming up?

So I have a few things coming up in February. I actually realised today when I was preparing to write this up that I’ve actually read and written all the reviews for February!

This is even more surprising since there will be another 8 reviews next month! Granted, two of them are a special guest appearance to review a couple of children’s books. Now, these are a once off (the children’s book part), so if you’ve got kids, or have friends or family with kids you might be interested in these reviews.

Also, I am fully booked up until mid-April with reviews with a mix of Rach Random Resources, BookGlow, author requests and my own TBR pile. And I’m working about 4-5 weeks in advance at the moment. Which is good because it means I don’t have as much pressure given the study I need to do this yr.


My 2019 Goals Update

Finally! Last thing to leave you with for today!

Of the goals I set for myself for 2019 I have really only made progress on my Goodreads challenge to read 65 books.

So far I have read 6 books since January 1st and according to Goodreads I am 2 books ahead of schedule.

Hopefully during February I can try and make some progress on my other goals. So I will see you on Friday with my first review for February, Made to Break your Heart by Richard Fellinger brought to me by BookGlow.

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 an 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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