Posted in 2017, April, Books, Summary

April Summary

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I was away on holiday for the first week of April as well as Easter Weekend, so my presence on this blog has been lacking more than I anticipated. Luckily my blog hasn’t really suffered, so no problem with going on holiday once in a while!

Anyway, enough about me and my holidaying in Cumbria (again, I might as well live there), here is what I got up to in April blogging-wise! Continue reading “April Summary”

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Posted in 2017, April, Books, My Friday Thoughts

My Friday Thoughts – What I Do When I’m In A Reading Slump

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For the first time since I’ve started this blog in November 2016, I have hit a reading slump. I am currently reading a book, but it isn’t gripping me as much as I had hoped. Not only that, but it’s incredibly miserable! Not a single emotion other than downright pure misery! The plot and its subject matter are miserable – along with characters who aren’t that interesting, it’s not a good start. Since I refuse to give up on a book, I will continue reading and see if I warm up to it. I will write a review of it at some point. Though I don’t recommend forcing oneself to read a book, I find this easier than giving up and then wondering if I gave up too soon. In other words, it’s not something I recommend everyone to do if they’re in a reading slump, but it’s something that strangely works for me.

However, for now, I am in a reading slump. Luckily, I have several ways that can help me get out of it!

So, without further ado, here is my list of six things I do whenever I’m in a reading slump! Continue reading “My Friday Thoughts – What I Do When I’m In A Reading Slump”

Posted in 2017, April, Books, Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, Young Adult

Everything, Everything – Book Review

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This book was recommended to me at the beginning of this year and I have finally got my hands on it. I had asked for romance novels recommendations since it’s a genre I never really read much. I simply thought they would be predictable and, since I was more into unpredictable books, I didn’t think it was a genre for me.

But did Everything, Everything change my mind on romances? Continue reading “Everything, Everything – Book Review”

Posted in 2017, April, Books, Contemporary, Reviews, Young Adult

The Hate U Give – Book Review

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I first heard of this book when my friend Sarah from The Little Contemporary Corner told me the author, Angie Thomas, will be doing a book signing in Manchester, talking her novel, The Hate U Give. We both went and it was an emotional, funny and intelligent event! I will be uploading a guest post discussing the event in more detail on The Little Contemporary Corner soon.

I bought the book there and, even before reading it, I knew it would be one of the most important books I will ever read. Continue reading “The Hate U Give – Book Review”

Posted in 2017, April, Books, Books That Have Stayed, Fantasy, Magic

Books That Have Stayed – The Night Circus

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I haven’t done a “Books That Have Stayed” post for a while, even though there are quite a few books that do stay with me – and it’s not (just) because I do have a really good memory and remember all sorts of weird things. There are books that have taught me important lessons about life like how hope still lives after a huge tragedy and how people aren’t always how they appear.

But, with this book, it didn’t teach me anything new about the world: it resurrected my love for fantasy and magic. Continue reading “Books That Have Stayed – The Night Circus”

Posted in 2017, April, Books, My Friday Thoughts, Tags

My Friday Thoughts – Reader Problems Book Tag

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I am back to my old habits of taking part in tags, despite not being tagged in the first place! Oh, old habits do die hard, don’t they? Well, with me anyway…Here is a tag I’ve found while looking for blog post inspirations. I can’t find who created this tag, I’m sorry, but I thought I could give some decent answers here and perhaps even give some funny ones? You be the judge!

Here are my answers to the Reader Problems Book Tag!

1) You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

I actually have my own little way of choosing books!

I number all my books in consecutive order, then pick 4 numbers randomly (for example: 3, 11, 45 and 17,538). Those will be the first four books I read. Next, I go to someone I know and ask them to pick one of those numbers (without giving context, in my typical fashion). They pick one and that number is the book I will read first out of the four!

It works really well for me and gives each book more of an equal chance of being picked.

2) You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I am a determined (or stubborn) person and don’t give up in anything I do. Even if the book is poor and the equivalent of chewing gum imprinted on floors, I will read on. Because, who knows? Maybe the ending is wonderful?

3) The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

Oh please, I’m NEVER behind on my reading challenge

I do try to catch up. I have, on occasion, stayed up later at night reading to catch up. It’s a successful tactic, but I do try to never be behind on my reading challenge.

4) The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

I don’t

I do my best to think logically. The change of covers don’t affect the quality of the stories themselves.

But, seriously though, I get really annoyed. Like, I even stated that on my “Bookish Confessions” post

I am a logical adult, of course.

5) Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

Their father

Other members of the online blogging community, who also don’t like it. Maybe friends and family too. Depends on the book itself really.

I’m thinking too deeply about this question…

6) You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

I can’t deal with the feels

It is rare for me to cry at books. There have been a few that have, but for the most part, I remain dry-eyed, but breaking down internally. So, if I do cry in public, I can pretend I have something in both my eyes and, if I started choking up, a bad cough.

7) The sequel to a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

Nah, mate, I NEVER forget!

If I had the time, I would give it a quick reread. If I don’t, I would read the sequel and, hopefully, get reminded of the first book’s events from there.

8) You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

Hell no, you are not having my previous lovelies! You can fu-“

“I’m sorry, but I’m honestly not comfortable with people borrowing my books.”

9) You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

I would give reading a break and watch films, TV shows, plays, YouTube and/or play video games instead. I love stories in general, so it’s not really a problem for me if I get in a reading slump.

10) There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

I will get them all eventually (huh, that sounded ominous). But I would get one/two books straight away, then wait later for my birthday, Christmas, pay day, etc.

11) After you purchase all these books that you’re dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

Years

Some I read straight away and some I read a few months later. But for those who read my posts a lot will know I read some books I bought about a year ago. But, I am improving!

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And these were my answers to the Reader Problems Book Tag! If you enjoyed this, then I tag you!

Thank you for reading!

Posted in 2017, April, Books, Crime, Mystery, Reviews, Suspense, Thrillers

Dark Places – Book Review

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I have officially read all of Gillian Flynn’s novels (all three of her current published works, of course) during this month of April! It has certainly been a great time reading her stories and being introduced to some very dark, evil characters. I can safely say this: if Gillian Flynn writes any more books, it is automatically on my TBR list.

But just because I say that, does it mean this book in particular is just as good as Gone Girl and Sharp Objects? Continue reading “Dark Places – Book Review”