Before the Coffee Gets Cold book review | Fiction in Translation

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As I announced at the end of last year and earlier this month, I am committing myself to reading (at least) one translated novel each month.

To help with this, I’ve created a TBR list which lays out each of the books I’ll be reading throughout the year, in case anyone would like to join in.

This month, my book was Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, translated from Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot.

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End of year reading wrap up statistics | 2019

Book year

It’s a new year, and a new decade! Which means that it’s time to look at my past year and review the different statistics based on my reading.

Each year, I look at a range of different statistics related to my reading, such as the number of books I’ve read, whether I made my Goodreads goal, how many each month, the gender of the authors, how many star ratings I gave out, the lot.

I’m going to be splitting this end of year look back into two different posts, this will purely be statistics based, while my next post will look at books separately, my favourites, my least favourite, shortest, longest etc, which should be coming tomorrow.

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Fiction in Translation | a year’s TBR

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As I have mentioned in my previous post, this year I’m starting a project which will see me read at least one dedicated translated work of fiction each month. If you haven’t read my introduction, you can give it a skim here before getting on with the books, or if you’re just here to see some of my TBR for the year, keep reading.

Each month, I’ve picked a different book, translated from a different language, which I’ll be reading in that month.

At the end of the month, I’ll have a dedicated post to speak about it in a separate book review.

The only rule for this I’ve set myself is that each of the 12 books I’ve chosen have to be translated from a different language. I’ve tried to vary the genres as well, just to keep it different.

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The Reading Rush TBR | 2019

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Hello!

I know my last post was sharing my TBR for the upcoming N.E.W.T.s magical readathon, but I decided last minute to take part in this year’s The Reading Rush, which was formerly known as Booktubeathon.

It has seven different challenges, each with a prompt to read a specific book.

I’ve tried to pick relatively short books, because otherwise I’ll never be able to get them all read in a week! Not that I think I’ll be able to get them all done anyway.

There’s also a dedicated website where you can track all your pages, which I’m super excited to use!

For anyone else interested in taking part, it begins today and runs until Sunday.

I probably will only get through one or two of these, but I’ve created an entire TBR in case i’m feeling particularly productive!

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N.E.W.T.s magical readathon tbr | 2019

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Hello!

I’m taking part in this year’s magical readathon, hosted by G over at Book Roast on Youtube. It’s a month-long readathon organised for August, which follows on from April’s O.W.L.s readathon. After completing all my books for that one, I thought I’d carry on with next month’s challenge.

I thought I’d actually be organised unlike I was for the O.W.L.s, and plan out my books for the month, and share them with you all!

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I tried out three bookish subscription boxes

Hello! I’ve always been quite intrigued by subscription boxes, it’s a bit like receiving a present, except that you’ve bought it for yourself and don’t remember what it is.

I’ve tried out a few beauty ones before, and a couple of book boxes in the past, but I’ve never really stuck to them.

So I decided to test out three different ones at relatively the same price point, all under £20, to see which I liked the best, and if I thought they were good value.

I ordered them all on the same day, in late February so that I would get the March box. I’ve chosen to share a few months late, so that I don’t spoil anyone, but you still get my views on each of the boxes!

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O.W.L.s magical readathon results | 2019

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Hello! I ended up being super disorganised and took a fair bit off from writing this blog again, to plan but now I’m back after a significant amount of planning, and I wanted to share what I got up to for the O.W.L.s magical readathon.

It was created by the lovely G at Book Roast on Youtube, a channel I’ve been watching for a while now, and ran for the whole of April. Yes, it’s June now. Yes I’m very late to the party, but my N.E.W.T.S posts won’t make sense later on in the year if I don’t put this up so please forgive me.

Instead of aiming to read as many of the O.W.L.s prompts as I could, I looked at the wizarding careers to determine which I would like to do, and which books I had to read for them, because I was feeling a bit like a cheat when I decided to take part.

The one that I decided to go with was curse breaker, which required six books to pass your O.W.Ls.

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