Top 5 Reasons

Enjoyment is one of the biggest things for me about reading, and books, and just the written word in general.  I’ve also surprised myself with the fact I’ve been enjoying this blog, especially since I’m now finding my way around with things and finding my voice (in a sense), and just focusing on one thing that I love.  That thing being books.  Yeah, I’ll have little rants about my personal life, and things in the world and whatever but it’s mainly about the books.

On that note, I’m going to list the top 5 reasons I love reading, and books, and everything to do with it.

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1: The Options: I love having the option sof physical books and Ebooks.  I love having my Kindle in my bag, knowing I’ve got pretty much my whole virtual library within reach.  It’s convenient, easier to hide at work (!!!), and just plainly wonderful! Physical books have a certain magic about them only few people truly understand.  None of my friends get it.  But people out there do get it.  The magic of the scent, the feel, the rush you get when you first crack open a new book, being able to stare at them all day on your shelves, and the truly magical cover art that comes with a physical book.  All those thiings combined make it the best experience in the world someday.

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2: The Stories: There’s a quote, as said by Carl Sagan (I’ll be honest, I’m completely clueless who he is), that says “A Book is proof that humans are capable of magic”. I love this quote, and this is how I feel about the stories that I read. It’s unbelievable where you’re imagination can take it when you want it to.  The Authors of today, and of the past, know how to make you think of something, imagine something, see something that you would never think to think of.  That makes sense in my mind, not typed out in the open.   What I’m trying to say is that our beloved stories truly are a work of magic.  Be that they are about magic, or love, or hatred, or a hideous crime, or even just a story about a mouse it is magic.  It’s just incredible, isn’t it?

3: The Secruity: The secruity of reading a book, the reliablity of it always being there for you.  The great big, unjudged hug it gives when you find complete and utter peace reading it.  The reliablity of all your favourites being there when you want them, with you not having to wait for a message back or a returned phone call.  They are always there for you.  I shouldn’t have to explain this to people who love books as much as myself.

4: Other People: People who love books, I’ve found, tend to flock towards each other.  I’m personally ashamed to say though that I do not know anyone who I could ask to borrow a book from.  Or to pass a book onto.  What I also mean about other people is that they never read the same story as you.  Everyone reads the same book, but they get completely different things from it.  I recently read a book which I was fairly disappointed to read, but I’ve had other poeple on a Facebook group say that they found it the most moving story they’ve read in a long time.  Fair play to them, it was what they truly wanted from that book.  But it would be boring as hell if I had the complete same opinion as them wouldn’t it!! If everyone had the same opinion on the same books, life would be boring. What would the point of book clubs be? Or even conversations about books???

5: The Amount: The amount of books out there.  There is a neverending supply for us.  The different stories, just waiting to be discovered.  All ranging from love, childrens books, crime, mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, sci-fi, graphic novels, conspiracy theorys, fantasy, dystopian, historical, chic-lit, choc-lit, just everything!! And the fact that there being new genres invented regularly as well! Like dystopian books. When I was a teenager it didn’t exist!! 10 Years down the line and there it is.  And there will be something completely new in another 10 years, and again and again and again.

What do you love about reading??

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Reading Slump..

So, I’ve been on a bit of a reading slump the last few days, well week anyway.  Before Monday, I hadn’t read anything properly since reading Another Love by Amanda Prowse. Since then, I’ve found the other ARCs I’ve got a little difficult to get into.  I don’t know if its because I didn’t think very highly of Another Love of what but it’s been difficult!!

So, after struggling with 2 ARCs last week, I decided I needed something that was just easy reading, something light and a it romancy – not a word I know!!! I ended up choosing The Vintage Teacup Club by Vanessa Greene.  This is her debut book, having already had another 2 published since.  I loved this book, it was what I needed to get me back into the swing of things.  It was everything I wanted, no scrap that.  It was everything I needed to see that not all books are awful.  I enjoyed the idea of them (Jenny, Maggie and Alison) going around collecting vintage teacups after sharing the first one they all discovered at a boot sale.  It follows their joint journeys up to Jenny’s wedding, and the things that they  have to overcome and build a reliable, strong friendship.  Just maginificent.  I gave this 4/5 on Goodreads. I also have to say I read this in just a few hours.

The second book this week was The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes.  Yet again, she’s written a delightful book.  This one follows Ellie (Present Day), and Jennifer (1960-Present Day).  Ellie finds a love letter to Jennifer, unaware of who it is too and from.  The book switches between them both, with us learning about Jennifer’s affair, being the married person, and Ellie’s affair, being the mistress.  It was wonderful, and makes me confirm that Jojo Moyes knows what she’s doing with these books!!! This i gave another 4/5 on Goodreads.  This one I mainly read while waiting at the hospital for the Man-Child’s consultant appointment, it kept me entertained. So much so I ended up finishing it last night and brings me to….

…. My Third book this week, My Sister’s Secret by Tracy Buchanan.  This I’ve just pretty much just finished.  I enjoyed it, it was steady going, easy to read and flowed pretty good as well.  It switches between Willow and Charity (Willow’s Mum).  I can’t really say much without giving anything away really.  The twist towards the end of the book did take me by surprise but didn’t totally shock me.  It was more of a “oh, i suppose that makes sense!” than a “Oh My God I Did Not See That Coming!!!!” sort of thing.. Well written and I’ve just added The Atlas of Us to my kindle collection.  I rated this 4/5 on Goodreads but I’m thinking it was more of 3.5 for me.

Another Oops…

I’ve been sat at work today browsing through books on eBay/Amazon and numerous other sites and I’ve still managed to spend money on books. 

I’ve gone and got myself the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. I love these books, they’re magnificent!! Before anyone says it, I know that they are meant for children but I truly do not care. I love them and thats all that matters!! 

I’ve not really read much the last few days. I’ve really struggled with both ARCs I’m meant to be reading and it’s annoying me!! The first one, There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffey, is just… I can’t explain it. The concept is fantastic, but I’m not feeling the way it’s been executed. I’ve got until May to read it so I shall keep trying!! The second, The Painted Ocean by Gabriel Packard, isn’t what I thought it would be. It’s been written the way an 11-year-old would take and it’s grating on me. I don’t think I’ll even reach the ending of this one if it carries on the way it is. And I’m only on the third chapter!! I always feel bad when I leave the feedback on Netgalley for books that I have either disliked or not finished… It’s horrible sometimes but then it needs to be done every now and again!! 

Now, for this reason of not getting on with the ARCs so far this month, and not reading at all this week, I’m putting myself on an official book ban!! How long shall I give myself?? 1 month? 2 months? Any suggestions will be gratefully recieved!! 

Bye for now!!

Added Books This Week

Oops, no let me change that!! Mega Ooops!! I’ve been adding to my shelves this week. I’ve not been able to stop myself this week!!  I’ve added a total of 13 this past week.  I will admit that 1 was a Kindle book, and a free one, so technically I’ve purchased 12.

The Kindle book I got is A Pocket Called Past by Yvonne Anderson.  The Synopsis on Amazon isAn emotional story of secrets, regrets, lies and love.  These words are not my own. They have been folded deep into my psyche since birth. I choose
those words I speak carefully but the words, which escape onto paper, are wild, untethered and free. They tumble into the world with an abandon I
do not feel.  
Words can change everything.  Rosie’s discovery turns her already troubled world upside down. Jacob has his own burden to carry; yet when he and Rosie meet he finally finds someone who can understand his pain.
Sarah has kept her secret hidden for so long but feels it’s time to let her truth out. Mary, who is nursing her own broken heart, listens to Sarah’s story as it unfolds into something she will ultimately be left holding. Lenora waits for her daughter to come and find her.  A Pocket Called Past shows us what consequences secrets and regret c
an have in our lives and how we go about picking back up the pieces.

Right, the physical books I’ve gained this week!
Broken Harbour by Tana French. Synopsis:
In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin – half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned – two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad’s star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself. But there are too many inexplicable details and the evidence is pointing in two directions at once. Scorcher’s personal life is tugging for his attention. Seeing the case on the news has sent his sister Dina off the rails again, and she’s resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family, one summer at Broken Harbour, back when they were children. The neat compartments of his life are breaking down, and the sudden tangle of work and family is putting both at risk . . .

Angelfall and World After by Susan Ee. Angelfall Synopsis: It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain. Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When angels fly away with a
helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back… 

World After SynopsisIn this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world. When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken. Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans, where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go. Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

Crewel by Gennifer Albin. Synopsis: Enter the world of Crewel: a world of secrets and intrigue. Where a girl with talent will thrive…or be destroyed.  Incapable. Awkward. Artless.  That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret – she wants to fail. Gifted with the ability to weave time and matter, Adelice is exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, power and beauty, the ability to embroider the very fabric of life. It also means entering a world secrets and lethal  intrigue.  But unlike the others, Adelice isn’t interested in controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have and will do anything to hide her talent from the Guild. But when she slips up during her final test, her gift is identified. Now she has one hour to eat her mum’s overcooked dinner. One hour to listen to her sister’s school gossip and laugh at her dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything is OK. And one hour to escape. Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back…

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan. Synopsis: One last full moon – then it will all be over. Jacob Marlowe has lost the will to live. For two hundred years he has wandered the world, enslaved by his lunatic appetites and tormented by the memory of his first and most monstrous crime. Now, the last of his kind, he
knows he cannot go on. But as Jake counts down to suicide, a violent murder and an extraordinary meeting plunge him straight back into the desperate pursuit of life – and love. 

The Magus of Hay by Phil Rickman. Synopsis: When a man’s body is discovered near the picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye, his death appears to be ‘unnatural’ in every sense. Merrily Watkins, priest, single mother and exorcist, is drafted in to investigate. A man’s body is found below a waterfall. It looks like suicide or an accidental drowning – until DI Frannie Bliss enters the dead man’s home. What he finds there has him consulting Merrily Watkins, the Diocese of  Hereford’s official advisor on the paranormal. It’s nearly forty years since the town of Hay-on-Wye was declared an independent state by its self-styled king. A development seen at the time as a joke. But the pastiche had a serious side. And behind it, unknown to most of the townsfolk, lay a darker design, a hidden history of murder and ritual magic, the relics of which are only now becoming visible. It’s a situation that will take Merrily Watkins – on her own for the first time in years and facing public humiliation over a separate case – to the edge of madness.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Synopsis: Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee; a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue – in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the centre of every party. But Lydia is under pressures that have nothing to do with growing up in 1970s small town Ohio. Her father is an American born of first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity, and hers, make them conspicuous in any setting. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to make someone accountable, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is convinced that local bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest in the family – Hannah – who observes far more than anyone realises and who may be the only one who knows what really happened. Everything I Never Told You is a gripping page-turner, about secrets, love, longing, lies and race.

City of Bones and City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. City of Bones Synopsis: Love. Blood. Betrayal. Demons. First in the New York Times No. 1 bestselling series that has swept the globe, City of Bones is also a major movie and Shadowhunters, the TV series based on the book, is currently airing on Netflix. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City and the dangers of forbidden love. This edition contains exclusive bonus content
as well as a map and a new foreword by Cassandra Clare.

City of Ashes Synopsis: Discover more secrets about the Shadowhunters as they fight to protect the world from demons in the second book in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Love and power are the deadliest temptations… Haunted by her past, Clary is dragged deeper into New York City’s terrifying underworld of demons and Shadowhunters – but can she control her feelings for a boy who can never be hers?

 

The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johnson. Synopsis: Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret after her mother – a monarch as vain as she was foolish – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding… And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, win the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive…

The Angel Tree by Lucinda Riley. Synopsis: Thirty years have passed since Greta left Marchmont Hall, a grand and beautiful house nestled in the hills of rural Monmouthshire. But when she returns to the Hall for Christmas, at the invitation of her old friend David Marchmont, she has no recollection of her past association with it – the result of a tragic accident that has blanked out more than two decades of her life. Then, during a walk through the wintry landscape, she stumbles across a grave in the woods, and the weathered inscription on the headstone tells her that a little boy is buried here . . . The poignant discovery strikes a chord in Greta’s mind and soon ignites a quest to rediscover her lost memories. With David’s help, she begins to piece together the fragments of not only her own story, but that of her daughter, Cheska, who was the tragic victim of circumstances beyond her control. And, most definitely, not the angel she appeared to be . . .

Little Lies by Liane Moriaty. Synopsis: Jane hasn’t lived anywhere longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic seaside town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane finally feels like she belongs. She has friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste – two women with seemingly perfect lives …and their own secrets behind closed doors.But then a small incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground causing a rift between them and the other parents of the school. Minor at first but escalating fast, until whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful. It was always going to end in tears, but no one thought it would end in murder …

After buying a couple of them, mainly Broken Harbour and The Magus of Hay, and getting home I realised that they are part of bigger series.  They look like they can be read as stand-alone books so I’ll do that.  I’ve not got the patience to read 12 or more books in the series to get to the one I originally wanted to read.

Have you added to your collections this week?

Me Before You Trailer!!!

Oh My God, I’m actually so excited to see this!!! I wasn’t hoping much for it to be honest, I thought the actors/actresses who have been cast just didn’t match up to who I imagined (does that make sense??) while reading the book.  BUT, it looks very promising!! I’m so so so excited!! Eeek!! Will just have to make sure I have a packet of large, man-size tissues to hand!!! Link Below::::

Me Before You Trailer

January Review.

So, January. The first month of the year has come and gone, if not a bit too quickly.  Some awful things have happened in the last 31 days but also some amazing things for so many people out there.  Just a shame that their stories are overlooked by dreadful things! I hope your month was an amazing month!!

Anyway, my month in books!!

January 2016

  1. The Undays of Aralias Lyons by K.L Horvath. ARC. E-book. 1st January – 3rd January. 2.5/5
  2. The Wolves of London by Mark Morris. E-book. 4th January – 7th January. 5/5
  3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. E-book. 4/5
  4. Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín. DNF.
  5. Pop Goes the Weasel by M. J Arlidge. Paperback. 3/5
  6. Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey. E-book. 5/5
  7. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Paperback. 5/5
  8. Another Love by Amanda Prowse. ARC. E-book. 3/5

Surprisingly, I only had one DNF.  I just wasn’t feeling it after a few pages so will eventually go back to it.  It probably doesn’t help that I don’t know a lot about the book, or the story in general. I also managed to get 2 ARC’s in, even if one of them was released in E-book format whilst i was reading it.  What I found strange was that it isn’t released in Paperback format for another few months yet.

I made a great start to my 26 Themes challenge, reading A book I meant to read in 2015 but didn’t (Outlander), a Goodreads Choice Awards Winner (Red Queen), and a murder mystery (Pop Goes The Weasel).

February

My plans for my February reading is pretty much the same as January’s.  To read what I fancy, not pushing myself to read too much so i suffer from a major book hangover!! I’m currently reading my first ARC of the month, There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffey. I’m only 7% into it but it’s got a lot of promise so far. I’ve got 3 mote ARCs to read this month as well, but I’ll list them as I read them.

For my 26 theme challenge, I’m planning on reading A book set on mainland Europe (The Italian Wife by Kate Furnivall), Seen the movie but not read the book (Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan), and lastly A Banned Book (American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis).

Have a good month people!!