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. 


Twitter / Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite bookish accounts to follow!

This is a weekly meme created by The broke and the bookish!

I couldn’t resist joining in on this week’s top ten Tuesday. I love reading everyone else’s, but, for some reason, have never taken part in them. UNTIL NOW!

Because sharing some of my fave bookish people I follow? Um, yes please! It was hard to narrow it down to ten though! SO! In no particular order:

Youtubers

  1. Fiona Dunn

Fiona never fails to make me laugh. She has a great sense of humour and even has a laugh at her own expense.

2. Peruse Project

Another youtuber that makes me smile. (The way to my heart is via my funny bone apparently.) And those spectacular spectacles! #jealous

3. Thoughts on tomes

I’ll watch any video by this amazing booktuber even if I know I that the particular books she’s talking about don’t interest me at all. She has such a love for books and I love seeing her reactions to watch she’s read.

4. Ginger reads Lainey

I don’t know what it is, but I always feel so chilled out while listening Lainey. She speaks with such an even voice. She’s also the founder of the top 5 wednesday book meme. (And just look at that glorious hair colour!)

Twitter

5. Paper fury 

Cait has me in awe by her amazingness. Totes a word.She has a seriously fantastic blog, but I’m mentioning twitter because her tweets are so epic. She’s been tweeting snippets of her Camp NaNoWriMo project and I fangirl when I read each one. I want to give her my soul.

6. Bee

I’m telling you right now that Bee is psychic. I don’t know how, but she always knows when I’m not doing what I should be doing. She also has a fantastic blog you should check out!

Blogs

7. Holly Evans @ chaosfoxwriting

While Holly’s blog is predominately writing, she does do the occasional book recommendation post. I understand why she does them rarely because they’re are so amazing that we’d all faint from the sheer number of amazing book choices. I was a noob to urban fantasy and Holly recommended a series and, well, I almost didn’t write the review because I was too busy staring adoringly at the book.

8. My book jacket @Books and strips

Vicky and I met through our desire to read Battle royale and a great friendship has been born. Vicky often recommends fascinating sounding books to me. Books I’d have never have known about it. I’m grateful, my tbr list is not. She often blogs about Indian books, (as well as others), and I’ve already added plenty to the list!

9. Jolien @ The fictional reader

I love reading Jolien’s book reviews. Her blog is one of my favourite for books reviews. The effort she puts into them is obvious, but what I also love is the little snippets into other parts of her life too.

10. Lauren @ Seriesous book reviews

I love this blog because it reviews series book all together and there’s a variety of genres. They’re not reviewed one at a time, she reviews them as a whole so you can find out if the series is worth reading from the get go. (There’s standalone book reviews too!)

Woo! This was great fun and I’m sure you’ll all love these bookish people. I know I do! If you have some favourites then, please, share in the comments below. You can never be following too many bookish people!

 

 

The desert island book tag

I’m doing this tag instead of the usual weekly update, (because I’m boring and have nothing to share and I reeeaaally want to do this.)

I was tagged by fellow book blogger Darling Lauren @ Darling bear. Thanks so much for tagging me!

1. Water: A book you simply cannot live without.

This is such an unbelievably cruel question! I imagine a lot of people have chose Harry Potter (and I get why), but I am going to choose…*Twenty minutes later* Going postal by Terry Pratchett.

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I knew I was going to choose a Discworld novel, but choosing a specific one was SO HARD! This book was my first introduction to Terry Prachett’s novels so I have a soft spot for this particular one and no other books have come close to love I have for Terry Pratchett’s novels.

2. Food: A book that is a close second on your favourites list

I’m going to avoid choosing from the same Author, (see above). I’m actually really surprised myself by my choice. Battle royale by Koushun Takami.

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This is translated from Japanese. I did a buddy read this year of this with My book jacket @ Books and strips and I loved it so, so much! (Vicky did not love it as much as me, but that’s OK, I love it enough for the both of us.)

3. Shelter: A book that makes you feel at home and safe

This was a hard one considering the kind of books that I read. They’re not the kind to make you feel safe.  After staring at my bookshelf for five minutes, I decided on Howl’s moving castle by Diana Wynne Jones.

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This is such a sweet, simple, relaxing read. It reads like a Studio Ghibli film (which it actually is. (P.S. If you don’t know Studio Ghibli films know that I have a horrified look on my face.)

4. Flare gun: A book that you would recommend to a person that doesn’t read

But there’s so many different kinds of people! How can I choose without knowing who it is?! *Sigh* For the sake of not being difficult, I’m going to go with The spook’s apprentice by Joseph Delaney.

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I think I’m more in love with the simplistic writing style than the actual story, (which is amazing by the way.) It’s written in first person my least liked POV to read andt his book would make it into my top ten favourite books, (not being allowed multiple of the same Author). That’s how brilliant I think it is. (P.S. The film is an insult to book lovers everywhere. Nay! To life itself.)

5. Fire-matches: A book that warms your heart

I knew immediately which book to choose for this one. I read these book series as they came out and it felt like I was sat beside  everyone else reading them. One of the first times that reading didn’t feel like a lonely venture. (This was before I had discovered the wonders of the internet.) It’s Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J K Rowling.

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(Yeah, calm down. Of course it made the list.)

6. Compass: Book that directed you towards your love for reading

I can’t remember ever not loving books and reading. This is due to my Dad. He taught me to treat books like the sacred objects they are as if they were Gollum’s ring. My Precioussssssssssss. He took me to the library whenever I wanted, bought whatever books I wanted. Now that I’ve enthralled you all with my childhood, my book choice is The witches by Roald Dahl.

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I loved this book when I was young and read it over and over. My love of darker stories started young. >:D

Tagging:

My book jacket @ Books and strips

Rachel Poli @ Rachel Poli

Jasmine Carlisle @ Jasmine Carlisle blog

Nthato Morakabi @ A scribe to describe

Feel free to do the tag if you like, but don’t feel you have to! Leave a link in the comments if you do so I can see it! \o/

 

 

 

 

Liebster Award

Thank you to Lily from Lily Jean’s books and tea, a really great book review blog, for nominating me! I had fun doing this.

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Rules:

  • Make a post linking the person who nominated you
  • Answer the 5 questions the person who nominated you provided
  • Include the award sticker on the post
  • Nominate 5-10 other bloggers you think are worthy of this award. Let them know you nominated them by commenting on their blogs. Give them 5 questions to answer.
  • Copy the rules onto the post.

Here are my answers to Lily’s questions. 

What books do you love/hate?

I love the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, but if I had to choose my favourite book it would The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney.

The only book I’ve come close to hating is Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I didn’t read the rest of the series.

Who is your favourite author?

Can I choose multiples?! Ok, Terry Pratchett, Diana Wynne Jones, Eoin Colfer and Joseph Delaney are my top Authors.

What is your hobby?

I have quite a few hobbies. This blog, (obviously). I read, watch films, (again obviously), but I also like to bake, crochet, cross stitch, and write.

What genre do you read the most?

Fantasy is my genre of choice. I also like Sci Fi and Ya, particularly dystopian.

If you have to take only one thing to an island in a middle of no where, what will it be?

Escape pod! Is that cheating?

OK, I’m assuming there’s fresh water and food ect and it has to be a ‘thing’ so… an indestructible e-reader with an immortal battery, fully downloaded with all my favourite books.  >:D

I nominate: 

Matt Fish

Gareth Rhodes Film reviews

Film Funkel

Reviewswithb

Amused in the dark

My questions are …

  1. What is your favourite movie of 2015?
  2. What is your favourite quote?
  3. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
  4. If you were a character from a book/movie, who would you be?
  5. What is the last book you bought?