10 December 2017

Sunday Summary // 10.12.2017

Sunday Summary
Guys, I keep meaning to make time for blogging and real life has really been getting in the way. Anyone who stops by regularly will have been confused as to why i only posted one this week. I have busy lately and not had chance to sit in front of my laptop and write a post and that’s frustrated me but at least I have a little time now to sit down and write out my weekly post, even if it’s the only post I get up each week.

What have I been doing this week since I’ve not been blogging? Well, I’ve been getting all adither over getting Taylor Swift tickets, me and my friends have planning where to stay and everything next year. It’s at Wembley so it’ll be the first time I’ve been into London in a very long time so that will be a fun day in June for me. I am very excited. And the time I spent planning was also spent seeing friends. I saw one friend I haven’t seen in like a year and we had a great time, I was in hysterics. It’s so good knowing you haven’t seen someone for a year adn you can still have a great time together.

One really exciting thing which happened this week is that it snowed! We don’t get stuff like snow too often here in the UK and so when we all saw snow forecast everyone at work was rolling their eyes and joking there’ll be a sprinkling on the pavement and the world will come to a standstill. It was a little more than a sprinkling, I think we were meant to get a few centimetres and it will hilarious at work on Friday. I mean, it’s good people got in considering I left the house and there was nothing and an hour later at work it was white out. I saw a lot of wheel spinning and a few cars spinning out. It was all scary but it was an entertaining morning of work.

What I’ve Been Reading

1. A Court of Wings and Ruin
I haven’t been reading anything new this week. I am actually fed up of A Court of Wings and Ruin. Not because it’s bad (although it’s far too long) but because I’ve been reading this series for two weeks now and so I think I’ll put it on hold for a little while. I might focus on a couple of ARCs and then come back to it.

New To Me

Deadly Silence
One new book for me this week. And that books is also a freebie at that. I had this on my radar before and I’d seen a couple of folks read it so I’m going to see if it’s any good. If not, at least I didn’t pay any money for it.
Piecing Me TogetherMore Than We Can TellEverless
I can’t be too smug about not getting new books, though, as I did get three new ARCs in the past couple of weeks. I am excited for each in their own way but I am definitely having a resolution for next year about not requesting too many ARCs. This will be helped by the change in location rules Netgalley have snuck in. I may get approved for a few less romances but we shall see. And then there are those publishers sticking with wishlist only items which ugh. It’s a thing, I’m mostly ok with it.

That’s my week, yay for snow and fingers crossed that my reading will pick up shortly. Anyone finished their Christmas shopping yet? If so, please tell me your secrets.

04 December 2017

Eliza and Her Monsters // I Can’t Find The Words To Explain How Good This Was

Eliza and her Monsters
Published: 30th May 2017
Source: Bought
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
My Rating:
Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.
Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.
Eliza and her Monsters was a book I was so excited for when I learnt what it was about. I had been waiting ages for it to be released and I saw the reviews roll in and new it was a perfect book for me. I bought it a few months ago and then for no apparent reason allowed it to gather dust on my shelf and didn’t pick it up. I then did the same after reviewing. I knew I wanted to tell you all about it but couldn’t figure out how and once more my review gathered digital dust. Finally, I am ready to put into good words what makes this book great.

This book is another which focuses heavily on the community people can find online and the joy of being part of online fandom. It takes a different angle to it than Fangirl or Geekerella did but at it’s heart this book is about fandom and about fitting in and I loved it for that alone. Eliza created her very own fandom by creating a webcomic. Sharing her work online and somehow creating a huge community which adores the work she does. Her family and those in her everyday life aren’t fully aware of what she does but there are those online who adore what she does and she has those who care for her online, friends, something she doesn’t have in her real life, especially not at school.

Eliza is drifting through her senior year counting down until she graduates and she can go to college, where she is told it is better. That is until she meets Wallace Warland, a new kid at her school who likes the webcomic she writes and who in fact is part of that fandom, one of the best fanfic writers for it in fact. She struggles with telling him because how do you even tell someone like that? Along with the struggle of revealing who she is to her new friend she is struggling with her own social anxiety as she comes out of her shell.

I won’t reveal more about the story but it’s safe to say that it was done so brilliantly. I related so well with Eliza. Whilst the internet wasn’t as good as it was now as a teen I spent a ridiculous amount online, I still do. It reminded me a lot of Fngirl, like I said, and writing this review is making me want to reread Fangirl, but this is a little different and it explores different things but the comparisons are easy to make. I didn’t have Eliza’s struggles of her parents not understanding her, though. I did get dragged away from my computer but that was more because dial up was a thing and someone needed to use the phone. Or because I was on the family computer for five hours and my brother needed to do his homework. They never forced me to be something I wasn’t.

Whilst there is a romance in this book, I found really it’s more about Eliza discovering who she was and what she wanted in life. And also learning to let others in around her. Eliza believes that people expect certain things from her and she terrified of not meeting expectations. She puts so much pressure on herself which is totally unnecessary and throughout the book it is about her growing and learning her own limits and defining her own limits.  This is a brilliant book about anxiety and the affect it can have. It is about learning your limits and admitting help is needed. It is beautiful and wonderful and absolutely one of my favourites.

I will never be objective about this book because it was just utterly perfect to me but I loved it and I don't know why more people haven't spoken about it. How has this not been everywhere or am I just out of touch with YA?

Have you read this? Did you love it as much as me? And can you recommend any good books like this one which you totally connect with?

03 December 2017

Sunday Summary // 03.12.2017

Sunday Summary
How crazy is it that it’s December? Have we all got an advent calendar? I have two because I’m greedy… also because I got one for home and then we got given free one at work. I can complain about many parts of my job but the freebie advent calendar is not one of those things. I am totally weirded out that it’s December already because this year has passed far faster than expected… which isn’t a bad thing when you think of some of the shit which has gone down this year.

Anyway, what have I been up to this week? I had a chilled start to the week, I had a couple of days off and did a little TV watching, reading and general chilling and I loved it. Then I went back to work and that was the same as usual, not much to report on that front.

It has gotten crazy cold over the past few days here. I was not ready. I still need to buy boots which are work appropriate so my toes don’t drop off. And I need some more cardigans and cosy jumpers so I can layer up. And I seriously need to get a new coat since my zip is broken on mine. So yeah, a whole lot of winter shopping needs to be done now because of this stupid cold weather, but then I get into work and it’s like a tropical climate walking through the doors. It leaves me very confused as to how I should dress.

Annoyingly I have been struck down with a cold after my few days off of work. I completely blame my friend, she didn’t warn me she had the lurgy before we travelled down for the wedding last week and so her germs infected me on the car journey. I have told her already she should be ashamed of her malicious attack. Shockingly she just rolled her eyes at me.

What I’ve Been Reading

22839894237666231. A Court of Wings and Ruin
It’s another slow reading week but I am reading a series and some of these books have a lot of pages. I had previously vowed to abandon all hope on Sarah J Maas books because I have seen so many bad reviews for them after I fell behind. I had the first and second book in The Court of Thorns and Roses series sat on my shelf, though. I had already spoiled myself and was looking for some easy reading Sunday and so I picked up A Court of Thorns and Roses. It was just as slow to start as I remembered but it was as addictive as I remembered once it got going. The same thing happened with A Court of Mist and Fury. It was slow going and could have been edited a little so it wasn’t so long but I was there for Feyre and her romantic drama. And then I started A Court of Wings and Ruin and it’s slow going but the cliffhanger of the second book made me pick up the third.

I have to say, I had way more success getting into these books when I ignored the usual YA categorising which goes on with it and enjoyed it as a fantasy romance series instead. It’s making me think about categorising books and genre categories and I can feel a discussion post brewing from that.

New To Me

ArtemisThe City of BrassGoldenhand33857632Heart's BloodUsStalking Jack The Ripper
So, I shopped and I am totally cool with that. I may not always be brilliant at reading books but I am awesome at getting them. I obviously got the third book in the series I’m reading, and Amazon was doing a 3 for £10 offer so I figured why not? I have been meaning to get Goldenhand for a good long while and when I saw Letters to the Lost I just had to, I enjoyed that book a whole lot when I read it at the start of the year. And then there were my Illumicrate books, I totally knew that Artemis was coming and I cannot wait to start that and I also got a physical ARC of The City of Brass which is out in the UK in January so I cannot wait to read this… I mean I already have an e-ARC of it but I want to read it so bad (Danya, Nick, come on guys, this should happen, right?). And then a few ebooks were purchased as well. Basically, I have spending problems before Christmas. I keep using books and purchases for myself as rewards for doing other stuff. Yes, I do use a reward system on myself, and what?

What have you been up to this week? Any awesome reads, or have you gone back to a book you’d previously written off like me? And am I the only person who uses a reward system on themself?