I signed up for Top Ten Of 2016 Event

Its getting to that time of year again, where we have our top ten lists. This year I have decided to join in Top Ten of 2016 hosted by Dark Faerie Tales , Two Chicks On BooksFitktshun and Tales Of The Ravenous Reader.

The event runs from the 26th-30th December and the topic's are:

Monday, December 26th – Best Books I’ve Read in 2016 (Doesn’t have to be released in 2016, just a book you’ve read in 2016) - This is going to be so hard to narrow now as it always is!
Tuesday, December 27th – Best Book Covers of 2016 (MUST be a book released in 2016. Would be best if it’s a book you’ve READ in 2016, but it’s not required) - So many beautiful covers!
Wednesday, December 28th – Best ________ Of 2016 (Readers/Bloggers choice. Please fill in the blank with ONE of these topics – Villains, Contemporaries, Dual POV’s, Novellas, Adult titles, New Adult titles, Love Triangles, Couples, Bad Boys or Debuts. REMEMBER – this list MUST be from books you’ve READ in 2016) - I will be choosing Best Adult Titles of 2016
Thursday, December 29th – Best Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends of 2016 (MUST be from a book released in 2016 and from a book you’ve READ in 2016) - So many awesome book boyfriends I have found this year
Friday, December 30th – Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2017. (This list should be comprised of books released ONLY in 2017) - So many amazing books releasing in 2017
The only rule to follow is to post the topics on the dates provided. To sign up and for further details, head here

Who else is signing up?

Book Haul- The One With The Signed Edition!

As I am getting into the swing of blogging again I thought an easy post to do would be a book haul! Who doesn't love a book haul? I have to admit lately I have been buying a lot of E book's and they are breaking my bank account as it is so easy to just keep clicking. Now in the last month I haven't brought too many books {well less than I usually do} as Christmas is around the corner and I still haven't made that big a start on Christmas shopping which is a problem! Onto the books I did get this month:

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This is the third book in the Girl Online series by Zoe Sugg. I was so happy to snag a signed copy as Zoe is one of my favorite Youtuber's and I do like her Girl Online Series, even though I have to admit I have only read the first book, but I plan to read them in the New Year now I have books two and three.

If you are interested in seeing the signed copy head over to my Instagram here

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I have been waiting for Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare to release in  hardback/paperback for so long. I didn't read the stories as they where released in E book as I wasn't in the mood for urban fantasy. But I am now really excited to read this as I still haven't read Lady Midnight {I know, what have I been doing with my life} as I wanted to read Simon's Stories first. Simon is one if my favorite characters from Shadow hunters so I am excited to see what adventures he has. 

Who is your favorite character from the Shadowhunter Universe?

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JR Ward is my newest discovery and love. I haven't read an adult urban fantasy vampire book in a long time and I came across Dark Lover when it was offer for 99p on Kindle. I read it, I devoured it, I loved it and I went on to buy 5 more books in the series. My bank account was screaming at me, as the next books where over £5.00 each. But they are so good. I will probably buy more this month! 

It was a small haul this month, but as Christmas is around the corner I am looking forward to getting my hands on some books I have had my eye on for a while!

What was one of your favorite books you got this month?

Winter is coming... I mean a change is coming!!

A change is coming, writing this makes me want to say Winter Is Coming ;) We have just over a month until a new year and that's the time where resolutions are made and {often broken}. Where a lot of people try to commit to change. And this is what I want to do with my blog. If you haven't already noticed my blog design has changed and I love it!!! So that is a start to the change.

If you look at posts on my blog from the last year they have been sporadic to say the least. I would get little spouts of "yea, I want to blog," but it never lasted long. And the posts I did do I just didn't think my heart was in them. I just.. lost the fun with blogging. It has started to feel more like a job over the last year and that's not why I started blogging back in 2011. When I started feeling like this I knew I had to take a step back and just read for the fun of it and not worry about putting reviews and blog posts up.

One of the outcomes of not blogging is that my taste in books has started to change over the last year. And I think this is because, because I haven't been posting I didn't feel like I had to stick to just reading YA which I have been for years. I have finally discovered after so many years of loving books to give different genres a chance and pick up a book {or genre} I would have never picked up before. {More on a post coming this month on my new discovery of various genres}

This leads me on to one of my new favourite genre's and that is erotica romance. A few months back I put a post up talking about how I felt uncomfortable to post reviews of erotica romance books I had read because I had labelled myself a YA blog. And I felt any time anyone talks about a "a 50 shades type of book" they where bashed. Yes I know if you post online you are basically open to people saying whatever they want but I just couldn't be bothered with it. 

The conclusion I have come to is I am a 28 year old woman, I can read what I want, I should be able to have my opinion on WHATEVER book I want. My blog is called Reading Away The Days because I like to read my days away, does it really matter what book genre it is.

I know one of the major reasons for me not posting about my love of adult books, erotica in nature or shock horror books with sex in them is on me, it's my own confidence to put myself out there and possibly be critiqued and criticized but hasn't that what I have been doing posting reviews for 5 years.

So what does all my ranting and rambling mean. I want to feel comfortable talking about books I am reading and loving not caring about the genre. I also want to put up posts on another of my new loves, baking. I have a lot of fun discussion posts and my thoughts on different aspects on reading that I want to share. I also want to write about places I love where I live, quirky book shops and yummy bakeries. 

Don't get me wrong the change to the blog isn't going to be shoved in your face and probably won't feel as different as I am dramatically making it seem. I still do love YA and always will and of course I will still be reading it. But 80% {not scientific} of the books I have read this year are adult books and I just want a chance to talk about books I have been enjoying, new authors I have discovered that aren't in the YA genre. 

I hope you will come along on this journey with me.