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Help it’s Friday! A new to-do list.

I can’t believe it is Friday all ready. I have managed to have a bizarrely unproductive week. I’m pretty sure the only thing I achieved was to put more things on my to-do list.

Inspired by Daily Prompt: Viral. I have come up with a first. Well, a first for me at least.

I don’t know about you but I’m not really a Monday person. I tend to put things off until Monday, then nothing gets done anyway. My new idea that I am going to trial is the Friday to-do list.

The Friday to-do list is going to be more motivating. As each Friday I am going to sit down and evaluate my achievements for the week. If I have completed most of my chores, I will try to reward myself on the weekend.

Another reason I think that Friday is the right to-do list day is that often there is some down time over the weekend. Usually what is left on the to-do list  by the weekend are the things that you really don’t want to do. By getting organised on a Friday, I am hoping that I will knock off some of the more interesting items by the end of the weekend freeing up time during the week for the more tedious jobs. 

The final reason I think this will work is that on a Friday I am often looking for some ‘busy’work to do. Jobs that make it look like I’m busy working but really are not to0 mentally stimulating. 🙂

This Friday’s To-Do list of blog related tasks include:

1. Write a review for Once by Morris Gleitzman

2. Finish my review of Metatropolis

3. Finish reading Kiera’s Quest and attempt to tackle a tasteful review.

4. Finish listening to The False Prince and write a review.

5. Finish reading Memory’s Wake by Thursday (review due the following Tuesday)

6. Download the next lot of R4R books: All Our Yesterdays, BZRK reloaded, Into the Dark: The Shadow Prince.

As always, 7. Organise my To Be Read shelves!!!

Do you find that to-do lists help?

Any recommendations on how to keep on top of Read for Review requests?

Happy reading 🙂
 

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Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

Earthbound (Earthbound, #1)Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike
My rating: 3.5 stars

By page 3 of Earthbound I was hooked.
By page 300 I thought it was getting a bit ridiculous.

The opening chapter sets the suspense and draws you into the story with  an intriguing premise. Another thing I really liked about this novel was that it portrayed librarians in a new light. I don’t think there are many stories where the love interest is a library intern.

I was surprised at the novel’s resolution. The story came to what I thought would be the natural cliff-hanging resolution but there were a couple of chapters still to come. I think I’ve been reading too much series fiction because I expect frustrating endings that leave me pining for the next installment. Earthbound had a very satisfying resolution. If it doesn’t turn into a series, I won’t be heartbroken but if it does I look forward to reading about Tavia’s next adventure.

Wings is one of my favourite YA novels, so I had high hopes for Earthbound. While there are several parallels between the plot, characters and themes in both books, Wings seemed to create rounder characters and a more detailed world. Most fans of Wings will enjoy reading Earthbound and will find comfort in the comparisons when they slide into this world with its new challenges and love triangle.

Happy reading!

Love, fate, and power collide in this new series by #1 New York Times best-selling author Aprilynne Pike!

Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told. Tavia will soon to discover that she alone holds the key to stopping the Reduciata, an evil society that manipulates global events for its own shadowy purposes. But Tavia must make a choice: to come into her own powers and save the world from the evil Reduciata, or choose free will and a love of her own.

This heart-stopping romance, filled with epic stakes and a centuries-long conspiracy, built on a love triangle like you’ve never seen before, will be available from Razorbill on July 30, 2013.

From http://www.aprilynnepike.com/

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Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Touch of Power (Healer, #1)Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first Maria V. Snyder novel I have read. Touch of Power is an enjoyable and easy read. Avry, the last healer alive in the fifteen realms, is kidnapped before her execution, by Kerrick. Kerrick intends to take Avry over the Nine Mountains to heal a plague stricken prince which she knows will result in her own death. Throughout the obstacles in their journey, Avry must decide whose life is more important. This adventure, fantasy story centres around a band of characters, who through their faults, become endearing to the reader. A good, casual read for a Sunday afternoon.

Read July 2013

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio RacesThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After having just read Linger, Forever and The Raven Boys, The Scorpio Races was not what I expected from Maggie Stiefvater.

This is a dark novel based on the myth of the water horses. Unlike the amorous relationship of Sam and Grace in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, I kept wondering if these characters realised they were in love. This is a story of obligation, passion and risk.

The audiobook is really well narrated by Fiona Hardingham (Puck) and Steve West (Sean). The dual narrators really enhanced the dual perspectives and made the audiobook very easy to follow. When you get to end, there is further audio from Maggie Stiefvater explaining part of her journey in writing this novel. Having the author’s intention explained makes the story even more meaningful.

Well worth the read.

Read June 2013

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of the most interesting and engagingly sad novels that I have read. The unique characterisation of the narration and the non-linear plot offers a truly omniscient perspective. A fantastic read!

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Read February 2012

 

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The Messanger by Markus Zusak

The MessengerThe Messenger by Markus Zusak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a fantastic, original read. The protagonist was an intricate and believable character who grew and developed throughout the novel. The plot was engaging as each chapter introduces more intrigue. Most of all, I enjoyed reading this novel as it wasn’t predictable or clichéd. I highly recommend The Messenger for everyone 15+.

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