Goodreads tag

I nabbed this off book stacks of amber ‘cuz it looked fantabulous! Feel free to have a go if you like! \o/

1. What is the last book you marked as read:

Urban fantasy with a great main character.


2. What are you currently reading? 

Red rain is a dystopian, christian novella I’ve never read a christian novel before so it’s interesting to see that mixed with the dystopian aspect.

The power of dark HAS A WESTIE IN IT. It’s middle fantasy horror. I’ve read a couple chapter and I’m enjoying it.

3. What is the last book you marked as to be read?

*Drools over cover* I believe, this is some kind of Prince origin story.


4. What book do you plan to read next?

I’m probably going to read this now. The blurb has me crazy excited. I don’t want to lose that excitement.


5. Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, I like the simplicity of what each star means. Although, I added an extra star on the rating system for my own blog. 5 was not enough.

6. Are you doing a 2016 reading challenge?

Yep, I think I’m a book or two behind. D: I’m aiming for a 100 books which 2 books a week.

7. Do you have a wish list?

I have my to read list, which I guess is kind of a wish list? But otherwise, no. I buy books mostly on whim and mood. And no-one loves me enough to buy me books. ;-;

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

Um. I have NO IDEA. 0.0 I just bought three new books, two which I was specifically after so I’ve filled my quota. I have a lot of books to read before I buy more. 

Although, I’d love the Terry Pratchett or The lord of the ring colouring books. Or Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

9. Do you have any favourite quotes to share?

Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life. – Terry Pratchett
In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this. – Terry Pratchett
“I’m going on an adventure” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The hobbit

10. Who are your favourite authors?

Terry Pratchett

J. K. Rowling

Koushun Takami

Diana Wynne Jones

Joseph Delaney

Jane Austen

11. Have you joined any groups?

Yes, I’m a member of the Nerdy Pages book club . I really struggle with keeping up with stuff on goodreads, socializing on there is hard.

12. Are there any questions you would want to add? 

…I can haz cookie? \o.o/

Weekly update

Despite the fact that I will spend the entire Summer whinging that it’s too hot, it’s  actually really nice to sit outside and read, especially if there’s a gentle breeze.

Most of you will know I finished, (and reviewed), The last star by Rick Yancey. I plan on taking the books to a charity shop. I’m pretty sad I didn’t enjoy them. It’s the first series where I read, (the last book at least), them as they came out.

You see, back before I started this blog, I went through a major book slump, and when I say major, I’m talking maybe over a year. I did not touch a book. The desire wasn’t there. It made me feel sad, ashamed. As a child, I devoured books within a day.

That’s where this blog came in. It was a whim. I wanted to express myself and I wanted to get back into reading. I was nervous though, not blogging, but actually finishing books. It felt like climbing Mt Everest. It’s  why I originally made this blog a film and book review blog. I like films, I’ve found I don’t like reviewing them.

At the start, it was so hard to pick up books. Often, I’d only just finish the book before I’d scheduled to review it. (Thank goodness I had a schedule. It really pushed me.) It was like when you first start exercising after years again. I felt like a bad reader. I also found it hard to choose books, nothing called out to me. But as time has gone on, I’ve gotten back into the swing of things.

Now, I seem to want to reading everything. Everything looks so interesting. I’m so excited to read. It’s like my childhood again. I’ve gotten the enjoyment back. Conversing with other book lovers has helped too. So, thanks to you, ladies and gents too.

*Ahem* Now that I’ve bared my non-existent soul…

I also finished The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce and will be reviewing it, (spoiler free as usual), on Wednesday.

I’m currently reading A local habitation by Seanan McGuire. The second in an urban fantasy series recommended to me by Holly Evans. A review for that will be up Saturday.

After that, I don’t know, maybe Earth abides by  if I can fit it in because the first #nerdypages book club read starts June 1st. The choice is The night circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’ve never read it so I’m looking forward to it.

I’m also taking part in the #readASOIAF read-along. The plan is to read 1 book per month of the first books of A song of ice and fire, starting with A game of thrones. (Obviously). It starts June 1st.

I think Camp NaNoWriMo is happening again this June. I’m not sure if I’m taking part. I may unofficially take part. It’s unlikely I’ll join a cabin though.

Edit: Camp is actually in July!

Woo, busy June for me!!

P.S. The new blog is officially live. It’s doing great and looks pretty good if I don’t say so myself. For those who don’t know Read them first is a blog that brings you upcoming releases. So if you’re an Author or know of a book that comes out from June onwards then hop over and let us know about it.

Tell me about you’ve been doing/ your plans for next month. Are you taking part in Camp NaNo? A readalong? 


20 facts about me tag


Weekly update

I figured I’d start of with a, (maybe), funny story. Last night I sat down to watch the Star Wars Trilogy, (4, 5 and 6). I put the DVD in and was watching it for about half an hour and I was thinking, “What’s going on? I don’t understand what’s happening?”

Anyway, my Dad asked me to look up the person who voices Darth Vader, (James Earl Jones), and I realized I was watching them in the wrong order, number 5 instead of 4.

Roman numerals foiled me! And I do actually know quite a few of the roman numerals, (thank you final fantasy!) These kind of derp moments are sadly normal for me.

Well, now the (maybe), funny story is over, let’s get back to the update.

As those already following might have noticed, I’ve changed my rating system. I used to do ten stars, but it wasn’t working for me as I didn’t know which star specifically meant to me. I was basically going on gut instinct. I’ve now changed to a six star system which I’m quite happy with.

You can check out what each star means on the rating system page. What do you think?

Right now, I’m reading The fellowship of the ring by J R R Tolkien, (so many exclamation points!). I’ve seen the films already so it’ll be interesting to compare them. I might review the films along with the books.

After that, I’ll be reading a book by an indie Author that I discovered on NaNoWriMo. It has an interesting premise and I’m curious to see the direction it goes.

I’ll be watching, (and reviewing), Burnt on Monday, but after that I’m unsure if there are any new releases at the cinema until the end of the week. I know that The lady in a van is being released soon and I’m looking forward to that as it looks hilarious!

I also have a question for everyone. Would you like more Netflix reviews on the days I haven’t got a cinema release to review?

Or are you happy with the mix of DVD’s and Netflix I already do?

As always, you can . . .

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Friend me on Goodreads

To all newcomers, don’t forget to follow so you never miss a review!

Have a great Sunday everyone and looking forward to hearing from you!

Weekly update

Firstly, welcome to any new followers. I hope you’re enjoying the blog!

Things are pretty slow at the cinema, at least my cinema, so I doubt there will be many cinema reviews this week! I think next week is when the films pick up, but I’ve watched everything that’s out so far. D:

HOWEVER! I recently subscribed to Netflix so will often be reviewing films from there. I’ve had Netflix before and, quite often, you have to root through a lot of films to find the gems, so that’s what we’ll be doing, along, with cinema and DVD reviews.

You can view my to watch list to see some of the films I’ll be watching. It constantly gets updated as I find new things to watch.

Book reviews. (You can view my to read list too!)

Wednesday: The wee free men by Terry Pratchett

Next Sunday: The devouring by Simon Holt.

As anyone who follows me on twitter or read my last update post, I’m doing NanoWriMo. I did a midnight start, (pretty amazed I managed to stay up that long!), and it’s going well so far. As I said in my last update, this won’t affect the blog schedule at all.


You can friend me on Goodreads.

Or follow me on twitter.

Thanks again for all support! And to those doing NaNoWriMo, good luck and have a great time.


Jen! (AKA Combustible reviews)

Weekly update

I’m probably going to always start the weekly update like this… THANK YOU to everyone who’s liked, commented or followed my blog. You are fantabulous! (<- Wow, that’s actually a word.)

This week…

The films I’ll be reviewing are:

Monday: The last witch hunter

Tuesday: Spectre

These are confirmed, but my local cinema hasn’t updated what films they have on yet so I’ll be adding a few more.

I think there are previews of Scout guides to the zombie apocalypse on Halloween so I’ll also be reviewing that.

The books I’ll be reviewing are:

Wednesday: Howl’s moving castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Sunday (1/11/15): My hero by Tom Holt

Another thing I’ll be doing is… NANOWRIMO!! For those who don’t know, (which should be nobody!), NaNoWriMo stand for National Novel Writing Month.  I’ll be writing a humorous fantasy.

It takes place during November, (they do Camp too in other months.), and the goal is to write 50,000 words in one month, which is 1,667 words a day. This’ll be my first time and I’m pretty excited about it!

The blog schedule will continue as normal. I won’t be blogging about NaNo, but I will be tweeting a lot about it. (And, of course, the films and books I review too).

So, if you’re interested in following my NaNo journey it’d be best to follow me on twitter.

And remember you can friend me on goodreads too!




Once again, thank you for the support!