MIA: Where I’ve been and blog plans!

Helloooo *awkward wave*

So, the last time I did a review was…*goes to check*…August? Ouch. I pretty much just disappeared from social media.

To my friends, I’m super sorry. I missed and love you. ;-;

So, where did I go? Or rather, why did I disappear?

I was way too intense with the blog and it lost the fun…ness(?) because of it. I’m also an introvert and I took break which continued to the point where it made it difficult to just come back. Yeah…

I’ve also been crocheting a lot, (even opened an etsy store!) (I also have a craft blog ) So reading took a little backseat.

BUT I’M BACK! \o/

My plans for the blog

Well, it’s still going to be a book blog, (obviously.) (Though the occasional TV/movie review may sneak their way  in.)

But, I’ll be taking a more relaxed attitude to it. No schedules of, ‘there will definitely be a book review this day or that day’. And, the reviews themselves will be a little more casual too. I’ll guess you’ll see when I post one!

I’ve been reading some Manga’s I’ve been reading, so you’ll see reviews on them soon, and I may do reviews on anime tv shows too. Even a manga Vs. Anime kind of thing.

I’m new to manga’s, so if you have favourites you should totally talk to me about them.

We’re getting off track. *Ahem*

For the most part, they will be spoiler free, but there may be the occasional discussion post so I can rant talk about things. I’ll always label with it’s spoiler free or contains spoilers.

You can still check out my previous reviews in the read section, either by Author or by genre.

There’s my to read section up too for 2017 which I’ll constantly be adding too.

I’m excited to get back to it. I’ve missed chatting about books and the like!

 

 

Weekly update

What I read last week

Mudman by James A. Hunter

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By far my favourite thing about this book is the main character, Levi. Has to be one of my favourite character’s of the year. 4/6


Usually, I read at least two books a week, but, wow, I’ve had a slumpy week. I’ve not wanted to read anything. I think it’s going around. Many of my bookish friends online seem to be in slump mode! :/

So, things I do to get out of a slump:

(There are many ways to get out of a slump, but here’s a few that work for me.)

  • Go for a walk/ exercise.

Sometime being cooped up without moving makes me feel crappy. A short walk in the fresh air does wonders and I come back motivated, whether that’s to read or other stuff!

  • Re-read an old favourite/ An ‘easy’ read

Some books are knife wielding serial killers who stab you right in the feels. When I’m in a slump, this is not generally the kind of book I want to read. I want something that uses simple language and tells a light tale. Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett are those kind of author’s for me. Fun, fantasy tales. (Although, TP can lay on the angst. ;-;)

Manga’s/graphic novels are great for this too!

  • Push through it

Sometimes, if I know that the reason I’m not enjoying a book is because of a slump and not because it sucks, I push through it. Many times, I eventually settle into the story and it can pull me out of the slump.

  • Do something else creative

Sometimes I feel the need to be creative myself rather than burying myself in someone else’s wonderful creativity. 

  • Go on twitter and see how excited other bookish peeps are

Excitement is contagious. Often I discover books through people talking about them, (or talking about books I want to read.) It makes me want to read and fangirl about them!

  • Buy a new precious!

Not exactly cost effective, but occasionally just buying a new book that’s caught my eye, which I immediately begin reading and devouring is a great cure for a slump! You can always go bargain hunting in charity shops for books too! 

Hope these help for anyone in a slump. If you do something else when in a slump then let me know! 


What I’m reading this week

I have started, and would like to finish these two books: 

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A sci fi, dystopian novella. A discovered this by reading this book review. It’s also christian fiction, something I’ve not delved into before, so it’ll be interesting to see a dystopian twist on that.

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A middle-grade, fantasy, horror WHICH HAS A WESTIE IN IT! *Ahem* I’ve read the first chapter or two and I’m hooked so far. (Also that book cover is gorgeous!!)

I also plan to read:

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That’s Charming is a whimsical fantasy/adventure novel with sprinklings of humour for a middle grade audience which was shortlisted for the 2012 Guardian/Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize.

This is written by fellow blogger, Heather Lawson. You can find more about the book at its own blog here(you can read the first chapter free here!)and here. (Super gorgeous art on there. Check it out.)

So far, I’ve read the first two chapters and cannot wait to get my hands on the rest! Those two chapters, have helped immensely to end my book slump. 


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Weekly update

Well, we’re finally back into a routine! Those couple of weeks without blogging were rough. D’:

I’ll be reading in between watching the Olympics, because I LOVE the Olympics. One of my favourite sporting events. I particularly like watching, Swimming, Athletics, Handball, Rugby and…everything else. 

How about all of you? 

I feel like their should be an Olympic inspired reading challenge/readathon. If only I’d thought about this a while ago. -_-

I’d also like to mention this post by Holly Evans. It’s basically a link to a TON of Science fiction, Dystopian, Post apocalyptic, Fantasy, Horror…all that jazz of ebooks. Depending where you live the majority are free or 99p. I believe today is the last day of the promotion so DON’T DILLY DALLY! I ‘purchased’ around 23 books off the list.

What I read last week

The red Queen by Christina Henry

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This was a disappointment. I’m still sad about it. The ending was just… wah?! 3/6


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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I found this a tricky one to rate because, while the plot wasn’t up to scratch, the books message really spoke to me. 5/6


What I’m reading this week

I have no idea. Usually I have a sense of what I want to read, but honestly? Until I pluck a book off my shelf I have no clue at the minute. 

I WANT to read The Cursed child, but I also want to read the series again and THEN that one. Because I’m difficult like that. I’m there’s loads of other people doing that or they were probably more organized and read the series before it came out…Goody two shoes. 

What I can tell you is I’m feeling in a very zombie mood. So maybe some post-apocalyptic fiction or Dystopian may be coming up this week. 

After all, I still have this book, waiting to be read, on my shelf:

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Buuuut, I also want to read this because I HEARD THERE WAS NO ROMANCE!! :O :O :O And Schwab is also on my ‘Author to try’ list.

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I may end up rooting through all those free e-books I got. Who knows? Have you got some good reads planned? What are you reading now?


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Weekly update

We’re going to ignore Wednesday ever happened, OK? OK.


 

What I read last week

Alice by Christina Henry

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I enjoyed this though there were elements I was disappointed in and the ending was meh. I’m looking forward to the next one. 4/5


What I plan to read this week

Harry Potter and the cursed child by J K Rowling

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This is a pretty obvious one, right? I’ve had to avoid twitter all day to avoid spoilers because I won’t get mine until tomorrow. I probably cry as soon as seeing it, let alone reading it! 

Red Queen by Christina Henry

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This sequel to Alice. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens next as well as hoping somethings won’t be as prevalent. 


Although, there are several other books on my shelf I’m in the mood to read too. But these are the ones that are higher on my mood list. We’ll see what I end up reading. 😀

I also really want to see Star Trek: Beyond and Finding Dory! And maybe Jason Bourne because my Dad loves the first three with Matt Damon in them. 

What’s everyone else reading currently or planning to read?


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Weekly update

So, as some of you may have noticed, (or, you know, not), there were no book reviews last week.

As I mentioned on twitter, my laptop charger died on me and I didn’t notice until I had 10% battery left. D’:

I ordered one and received it yesterday so the schedule will be back to normal this week. (Spoiler free book reviews every Wednesday and Saturday with a weekly update on Sundays.)

Let me know what you’ve been reading so I don’t feel so out of the loop. D’:

Hope everyone had a great week and I can’t wait to catch up on all the blogs!!

Weekly update

Seriously, what’s up with the weather?! Today may be the first dry day of the last two weeks!

I’m having to do this post on my iPad because my laptop charger died on me. Let’s see how we do!

What I read last week

Library of souls by Ransom Riggs 

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So, I finally finished this trilogy. I thought it was a solid series, but this last book was a little underwhelming. I think the climax came too soon. It may have needed another book before ending. 3/5 

Lock in by John Scalzi

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This is one of those easy read were you can relax and enjoy it without having to think too much. 4/5


What I’m reading this week

Swallows and amazons by Arthur Ransome

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I grew up watching the film and this is a very important book from my Dad’s childhood. He actually went and visited the place where it was set.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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I’d seen the film a long, long, looong time ago. And, after reading The fireman by Joe Hill, it reminded me of this book as Joe Hill mentions it. (I think.) It’s also part of the sf masterworks challenge I set for myself. (Again, I think.)


 

So, what have you been reading? And what do you plan to read this week?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly update

OK, clearly, somewhere I lost a day because I posted yesterday’s book review today thinking today was yesterday. Makes sense, yes? Yep.

Anyhoo, that means you’re getting the weekly update today as well. (Things shall resume to normality after this. Unless someone starts stealing days from me again…I’m watching.)

What I read last week

The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

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Really enjoyed this. The plot is quick and well put together. A must for adults and younger children. 5/6

Hollow city by Ransom Riggs

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The writing and characters are so excellent in this book and the ending is amazing. I cannot wait to read book 3. 5/6

So, I had a good reading week. Both books were really enjoyable! What have you read and did you enjoy it?


What I’m reading this week

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I’ve already started this because I NEED TO KNOW! So many things are up in the air!

I’ve had these books out on loan from the library for aaaaages and I’m honestly sick of saying, ‘Oh, I’m reading these this week.’ Other books keep grabbing my attention. BAD BOOKS! (I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to shout. FORGIVE MEEEE!) So, yeah, reading at least one of these this week. 

I may read the next narnia book too, which I believe is The boy and his horse? Something like that, book 3 anyway.


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Weekly update

It’s July already?! What have I been doing with my life?! D: *Spends two hours freaking out that half the year vanished* Also, what is up with the weather? All it’s been here is RAIN.

P.S. Good luck to everyone taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo. I am not, but I’ll be cheering you on and watching all your progress with interest.

P.P.S. Don’t forget to check out my other blog where we inform you of upcoming book releases! 

Ahem, anyway on more bookish matters. Here’s the weekly update. Enjoy. 


What I read last week

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I love Diana Wynne Jones. Her books are such light-hearted adventures which is great when you’re someone who often reads apocalyptic books full of DEATH AND MISERY! I was a little disappointed by this because the characters from the first book are not the main characters in this. I wouldn’t even call this a sequel. 4/6

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The first novel, or rather novella, of an urban fantasy series by Holly Evans. This was a great sort of teaser for the coming series, lots of juicy hints and mysteries were laid out in it. 4/6

What I’m reading this week

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I’m about a 1/4 of the way through this. It’s the one Narnia book I’m familiar with because obviously there’s a lot of films, but I haven’t watched the films in a long, long, long…long time. 

AND I FINALLY GOT MY CLAMMY HANDS ON THESE! I’ve been wanting to read the next books and found out what was going on and finally caved and grabbed them. Do you know how nice it is that they all match up on the bookshelf? They haven’t decided to switch covers or make them in different sizes. Ugh, bliss.


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Weekly update

Ugh. I’m ill. -_- Not majorly though. A cold that’s now gone and been replaced with a sore throat and cough that I started taking medicine waaay before it revealed itself because I knew it was. Lurking. What a douche. 

ANYWAY!

What I read last week

Do not disturb by A. R. Torre

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Was not a fan. It took so long to get to the ‘action/conflict’, if you can call it that. It reads like a fan service to the main character. 2/6

Life, the universe and everything by Douglas Adams

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Third in the series. I enjoyed it. It was zany. Plot was there, but not that important, more like fun times and puns. 4/6


I also started two other books this week and then proceeded to DNF them. Jeez, I’ve had a sucky reading week!

I’m going to do a post on some of the books, including these two, that I’ve recently DNF’d and why I chose to do so.


What I’m reading this week

I still have Fool moon by Jim Butcher and Lock in by John Scalzi on loan from the library so I’ll be reading them. Although, at the minute, I’m reading Castle in the air by Diana Wynne Jones.

I also plan to read the resident evil novels, both the S. D. Perry books and the movie novelizations. Not sure which I’ll read first. If anyone wants to readalong with me, I’ll tweet out a few days in advance when I’m starting. Most likely July area. 

I also reeeeeaaaaallly want to read The hollow city  by Ransom Riggs, like, now, but I have a lot of books already on my shelves that I suppose I ought to read first… -_-

I considered doing something a little more structured, but, I didn’t know if there’d be much interested in it. Maybe, if there is, I may. Lemme know if you are interested!

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P.S. Don’t forget to check out my other blog where I, along with my two co-bloggers, bring you upcoming book releases! If you know of one, or have one coming out, then let us know!

 

Weekly update

First off, Happy Father’s day to all the amazing father’s, (and father figures), out there! Keep on being awesome. 

OK, now onto the update!


What I read last week

The fireman by Joe Hill

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I think I’ve mentioned before how much of a chunker this book is. I read it for #tometopple. It’s good writing, I enjoyed it, but was also disappointed by it. In fact, along with the usual spoiler free review, I wrote a discussion post. (Warning: Spoilers.) I gave the book 4/6.

Redshirts by John Scalzi

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Another book that I enjoyed, but was also disappointed by. It had a Star trek humorous take, and I like Star trek and also like humorous tones too. I’d heard good things and had been excited to read it. Expectations was given a slimy fish slap by reality. 3/6

I’ve also read Do not disturb by A. R. Torre, and Life, the universe and everything by Douglas Adams. They’ll be reviewed this week on Wednesday and Saturday.

Wow, read a lot this week! (I am two away from having read 50 of my 100 goodreads goal!) Whoot! What have you read? 


What I’m reading this week

Fool moon, Lock in, and The deep are library books so they get priority. The deep and Earth abides are part of the SF Masterworks list which I’ve set a goal to read all of them. Whether I get all these read remains to be seen. I’m most looking forward to reading Lock in. 

It looks as if I’m in a apocalyptic/Dystopian reading mood. (Besides Fool moon which is urban fantasy).

Anyone else currently in a specific genre kind of reading mood?


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