30 April 2014

Sidekick–Auralee Wallace

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Sidekick - Auralee Wallace
Release Date: 1st June 2014
Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James.

Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start her own crime-fighting career.

Ryder has no need for a sidekick, but it turns out the city needs Bremy’s help. Atticus St James is planning the crime of the century, and Bremy may be the only one able to get close enough to her father to stop him.

Now all she needs to do is figure out this superhero thing in less than a month, keep her identity secret from the man who could very well be The One, and save the city from total annihilation.

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This is not an easy book for me to review. It is a bit like a cross between Kickass and Spiderman. Kickass for the incompetence, and Spiderman for the witticism and one-liners that feature throughout the book. It’s a one of a kind premise, and it is funny, just like it promises to be. I did find it a bit difficult to gel with though, because of the witty speech and all the hilarious one-liners.

Let’s start off with what I didn’t like. Get it out of the way so we can get on to what I enjoyed. I did not like the speech in this book. Everyone speaks like an ultra cool witty genius, which is not realistic. They all seem to have the same voice, regardless of who is speaking. I know this is definitely not a book to take to seriously, and I mostly wasn’t when reading, but when you see every character speaking in the same way it’s difficult to read. I don’t find believable that Bremy can somehow banter with every person she meets. That is what the speech is in this book, it is banter, the kind you see happening when you’re with your friends. That is not how a person speaks to a stranger they see on the street.

I also did not like how abrupt the story seemed. There was no set up for Bremy and the city she was in or any general set up really. You’re thrown in the deep end with no clue what exactly is happening Don’t get me wrong, I love a book that doesn’t mess around with too much set up, but you do need something. There is nothing worse than starting a book and to immediately be thinking have I missed something? If you’re having to keep flicking back to remember who someone is or what is happening you’re know something has gone wrong somewhere. Now, this book wasn’t that extreme, I just felt a bit lost throughout reading it.

Okay, now the bad stuff is out of the way let’s get to what I liked. I think the story was genius. Genuinely, it is such an original storyline. And the humour is good, even if the speech let’s it down a bit. To have a story about a rich girl living in the real world is not all that unique. To have a story about a rich girl struggling to make money as she has no real world skills to make money is also not that original. Story where the family are bad guys, not too original either. So what makes this story so unique? It’s the fact that it has all three of these things and it is done in a way that I have not read before.

So, what did I think overall? The premise is amazing, original and it really is something you want to read. The execution leaves something to be desired. I think it is probably a book you need to form your own opinion on. My opinion is that this would have made a decent comic book or a spoof film, it was not so great a book. I think if you liked comic books like Kick-Ass and The Runaways this book might interest you, but I would recommend them over this book any day.

It’s a solid three and a half rating from me, but please, form your own opinion.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy–Laini Taylor


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So, I finally finished the third book in this trilogy. I spent all of Saturday evening hunkered down in my bedroom just reading it, taking breaks only to eat, make coffee, and to go to the bathroom. I know, I’m one of this obsessive readers who has to reach the end.

This is very much an immediate reaction to the book, to the trilogy for me. I have loved this trilogy ever since I first started reading it. I think it must have been about two years ago now that, on impulse, I bought the first book off of Amazon, because I had finished uni and I was struggling to find a job, and quite simply, I was bored. I was a bit wary about reading it, the reviews I had seen weren’t amazing, but I decided I was intrigued, I’d read the sample of the book on my kindle and decided to buy it. I don’t know what made me buy it in book form as opposed to buying it on my kindle, but whatever it was I’m grateful.

I remember ploughing through that first book and being heartbroken the next book wasn’t out for another couple of months. I then remember getting the second book and ploughing through that in a day. Then there was a long dark period of waiting for the third book. I became less excited about it’s release. Well, not less excited, but I was waiting for it without having that eager anticipation that comes immediately after finishing a book. When it came in the post last Thursday, I fully expected to power through as I had with the others, to finish it during my Easter weekend. That didn’t happen. I was slow in finishing the first book in my reread, and slow in finishing the second. In fact, I finished the second on Saturday, rushing through the majority of the book and immediately picked up the third and didn’t stop reading until I had finished.

My immediate thoughts about the third book? I loved it. I really did. I loved the resolution to storylines. I loved the character growth. I adored the new characters, and the twists and turns of the story. Everything about this book I adored. It is a definitely a five star review for me. Everything in this book provided a perfect ending to one of my favourite trilogies. I loved that Karou came to some excellent realisations about herself. Her entire development throughout the series was very well done. She began as a teenage girl struggling with so many secrets, a little but heartbroken, but not really, trying to figure out who she was, as we all are trying to do as a teenager. I’m still trying to figure myself out now. You see her come to some realisations about herself, see her fall in love and see her figuring out what love actually means. She experiences a whirlwind of emotions through each book. I admit, in the second book I found her wallowing and self-loathing to be a bit dull and frustrating, but so did she. I think it was all so well written. Taylor managed to write some excellent lessons within the pages without trying. Karou often wallows in the self pity in the second book, and who can blame her? She was betrayed. You see her self-loathing for her actions, which is also understandable, if not deserved.

Throughout the book there are some strong feminist messages, which are great things to be writing for anyone reading this book, and I love that it is written in the pages of this YA series. There was strong message of how, although Karou loved and wanted Akiva to be with her to help her, she did not need him to save her. Karou only needed herself and her own strength. A great message when so often women are shown to be in need of a saviour, something that is becoming less common, but you still see it. Also, it was good to have a glimpse of Akiva, he so wanted Karou, but seeing her with another man he said wished to have her and then changed his mind and wished for her to choose him over anyone else. That is an excellent message about choice right there. With there being a rise in abusive sounding relationship within the bookish world right now, it is so nice to see the message of choice and the freedom of a person to choose to be with someone and everyone just having to chill their beans and accept it.

Now, my love of this series is profound, that isn’t to say there is nothing I didn’t like about these books. As a said before, Karou was mopey and occasionally hypocritical in the second book, which she realises and attempts to get herself out of (thank god, because it was annoying to see a strong character be brought low.) Then, in the third book, I occasionally felt like things worked themselves out too conveniently. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t see half the things coming that happened, but the way they managed to resolve the angel earth invasion felt too clean and convenient. The end to the angel chimera war, also mega convenient. I expected more death and desolation. I found the solution to these things to be too convenient. And the travelling between dimensions and being able to collect teeth so still able to resurrect folk? Damn convenient.

The whole thing with Stelians annoyed me a bit. The Stelians were angry about the Seraphim ignorance, but didn’t they cause it? There were a lot of questions I would have liked answered. I would have liked to have everything explained fully. Like what the Stelians were doing? More explanation about the fallen, I know we got an explanation, but a better one. I think I simply wanted more. I wanted it explained to be more clearly, I didn’t fully grasp what was going on with the Stelians and why they insisted upon distancing themselves. It made no sense to me.

I would recommend this series to anyone and everyone. It’s got some excellent fantasy elements which anyone could relate to and understand. It’s easy and accessible book to the fantasy genre, which is always good with a series like this. Please, everyone go read so I have more people to rave about it with? Until next time folks.

28 April 2014

Top Ten Books If You Like X TV Show/Movie/Comic/Play

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So, it’s time for Top 10 Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish. This week I’ll be recommending books for you based on films and TV shows. This was a thinker for me. I’m going to do a few book recommendations for several different things and let’s hope that adds up to 10, I suppose.

If you like…

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So, I’m a huge fan of Nashville. There is just something about a TV show about country music that I love. I love the drama, I adore the music, I even went so far as to download the soundtrack from iTunes. So, reading books about music is another thing which I adore. So, Guitar Girl is not a book about country music, it is about a girl who starts a band with her friends, but it has the same general kind of vibe. It is for those who aren’t a huge country music fan but love books where music is a major theme. Some books that have more of a country music vibe about them since they have country music as a part of them. Dirty Little Secret is a good book about a girl overshadowed by her Taylor Swift-esque sister and about her drive to be a performer herself. I know you all have hear of Open Road Summer, that has more over a Nashville vibe about, that’s for sure. And I have no idea what Made in Nashville is like, i’s on my TBR pile because I felt like it had some mega Nashville vibes and I want to read it.

If you like…

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It is no secret that I am a huge Veronica Mars fan. I haven’t really attempted to hide the fact, have I? So if you’re as bummed as I am that the TV show has ended, and the film has now been and gone, then try reading some of these books to get you through. These are all Veronica Mars-esque without being dupes. Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series has the mystery and wit that Veronica Mars has, but it is most definitely an adult series, not YA I’m afraid, but if you like that kind of thing. Same is true For Meg Cabot’s Size 12 Is Not Fat, it’s an adult book series, it has mystery and some humour, but it is a more distant book with some similar stylistic things about it. It popped into my head while I was thinking. And finally there is Cracked Up To Be, it is not a mystery type book, but it is about the downfall and rebellion of a popular girl, so you can see where I’m coming from with this one. This one has the high school setting I enjoyed with Veronica Mars, so you know, why not.

If you like…

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So, this is another one which has some vague links to the TV show. Once Upon a Time is a great show, and if you like to see adaptations of some classic stories you think you know then you’ll enjoy these books. American Gods is an amazing book, Neil Gaiman is a writing god. It’s influenced by religion and mythology from around the world, adapting them from the tales you think you know into the most confusing story ever, and it is done flawlessly. Seriously, read it! Fables is a very obvious choice for if you like Once Upon A Time, it’s a comic book series that also has adapted our well known fairytales. It is also amazing, read it, please. Finally, there is Cinder the cool series on the block where the Cinderella story is twisted and turned into something new. I have not read it, but it is most definitely a thing to read if you like adaptations.

And there you have it. Anyone else got some suggestions for it you like any of these shows?

I am not a planner

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This feels like a follow up to last weeks post. Not only am I an impulse buyer when it comes to book purchases, I’m also a person who pretty much picks up whatever book takes my fancy. I don’t plan ahead with what I read. I don’t even know if planning what to read next is a thing that people do. I know I sometimes see in people’s posts books they plan to read or review in the week to come. I’m not that girl. I’m the girl who blindly grabs a book off the shelf and decides if it is something takes my fancy, then throws it back and tries again when it isn’t. I have read the first pages of many a book that is currently sat on my TBR shelf.

I don’t plan ahead when it comes to reading. If I buy a new book then that is probably what I’ll read next. Even that isn’t a good guide. Sometimes I don’t want to read that book I just bought, but I know at some point I will. I essentially just read whatever I fancy. I wish I could plan better in regards to my reading. It would make tackling my TBR pile easier. I wouldn’t be so tempted to by new books if I could just set my mind on reading a specific book I already own next. It would save me plenty of money and it would help me tackle my shelving issues for my books.

Another reason why I need to try and learn to be a planner for my books, it would seriously help me with blogging. If I could plan what I was going to read I could start planning blog posts for reviews and such. It would be mega beneficial. I am terrible at planning as it is, so if I had a general idea of what I was going to read next I could start making some plans for it. It wouldn’t be that helpful, but I could at least think of some ideas beforehand, although I suppose if I was a planner I would be organised in my reviewing as well. I’m not though, so I’m really not.

Sorry, it’s only a short ramble this week, I’d love to hear some of your thoughts, though. Is anyone a book planner? Anyone got some advise for me? Or is anyone a grab at random reader like me, how do you handle it if you are?

27 April 2014

Where did my week go?

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I don’t know where my week has gone. I think the shorted working week has left me feeling like I’ve lost time. I don’t think the madness at work has helped. We’ve been running around trying to get stuff finished before the end of the month and it hasn’t helped that we have had one person out for most of the month, so there has been two of us trying to do three people’s worth of work. So, essentially I feel really tired this week, I have obviously done too much work. I did realise I am officially a regular at a pub I go to. They recognised me and new my drink order. That was definitely a good day. It was made all the more impressive by the fact I’ve not been there in like a month. That is good service for you.
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Not much. I finished Panic and Days of Blood and Starlight and I finished reading Dream of Gods and Monsters. That is essentially all the reading I have done this week. I have had a slow reading week, and that is okay. I accept and embrace that, because we all have our off weeks don’t we?
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So I watched a few films this week, although no cinema visit for me. I watched A.C.O.D. which was hilarious, I am not a child of divorce, but I can appreciate the humour, also I will watch most things with Adam Scott in. I also watched Stuck in Love, which was such a lovely film. I watched it because I adore Lily Collins, but this whole film was just so lovely, all about leaving yourself open for love, who doesn't like films about love, really? And I saw Inside Llewyn Davis, which  was funny, but left me wanting. The ending, the entire film, I felt like there should have been more to it. It was a bit disappointing really. Some good music in it though.

And that has been my week. That sounds terrible. I feel like I should have done more. Until next time then guys.

24 April 2014

Panic – Lauren Oliver

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Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most
I was a bit wary about reading this book. I hadn’t read rave reviews, not had I read terrible ones. I didn’t know what that meant for this book. Did it mean it was terrible? Did it mean it was awesome? I didn’t know, and I think I still don’t know after reading it. I had read Delirium by Lauren Oliver back during the period of dystopian madness that emerged following the success of The Hunger Games. I think that made me nervous about reading Panic, I had never read any of her contemporary work so I did not know if it would be any good.

Did I enjoy this book? Yes, I did. I liked how real these teens were. They did stupid things. They had stupid ideas of how to approach simple problems. It was a very real representation of how teens act, doing stupid things that do no appear sane to normal people. I didn’t get Panic and it’s crazy premise. I did not understand why teens felt the need to fill the hours of summer with stupid dares and I did not get that side, but I enjoyed the story.

I was intrigued by the characters. Heather was lovely, she reminded me of myself with her awkwardness and her discomfort within herself. You saw her becoming a young adult within the book, she grew with each challenge, both the Panic ones and her real life challenges. I could believe her family life, the difficulties with her mom, her love for her sister. You understood why she was who she was. You didn’t get that with anyone else, not really.

Dodge, I did not get Dodge. I could see where he was coming from, but the rationale behind it, I could not grasp. It his entire attitude was insane. It was insane and some how all got brushed off at the end, like it never happened. I don’t understand why that wasn’t explored more, his story could have been so much more, but he didn’t get to become a full character for me.

I didn’t get Nat either. I understood who Oliver was trying to make her out to be. A popular girl who is insecure and not as sure of herself as she makes out to be. I don’t think she achieved making her real person though. You got glimpses of who Nat was, glimpses of who she could be, but with no explanation behind anything which you witnessed. That really frustrated me. I wanted to see her become a real person to me, like Heather and Bishop were. I could understand them more. Dodge and Nat were not fleshed out as much as I would have liked. Bishop wasn’t really, I wanted to know so much more about him. I think frustration is the key problem for me. I was so frustrated that you didn’t get more background for all the characters, really. Heather was the best developed and most likable, but I wanted to know about all of them.

I do recommend this for other’s to read. I really did enjoy it, don’t let my gripes deter you. I mean, I was hooked on the story, always wanting to know what was going to happen next, despite the story being kind of predictable in some ways, it was not so predictable that you felt you had read it before. It is definitely a decent read.

22 April 2014

Top Ten Characters Who Stole My Heart

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So, this is an interesting theme from The Broke And The Bookish for this week (I missed last weeks, I know, I feel bad, but I was just too tired to think about writing anything). I chose to pick the ten characters who have stolen my heart in books, because fictional characters have given me unrealistic expectations of men, so t seemed appropriate.

Throne of GlassSo, it has been a while since I read this series, I think it probably was last year, but I distinctly remember loving this man. He was just so kind and you want the best for him. Everything he sacrificed to get where he is, you feel his pain and his conflict and generally you just grow to like him through every scene you have of him. The fact that he is a knight and determined to do the right things makes you love him even more, definitely a life ruiner.
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Po has definitely ruined men for me slightly. He is so agreeable, very sexy and so dedicated to Katsa. He is essentially a perfect man. Sure, he got a bit mopey when some difficult stuff happened in the book and was a bit pathetic, but it was understandable. He got past it well, adjusted and embraced the difficulties. That’s why I love him.
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So , Lucas was lovely, if a bit weird with the whole secret tutor business. I love how he was protective he was without being overbearing, and how he simply looked out for others.
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Levi was another lovely boy. He was wonderful and life-ruining because he felt real. Like actually real. I could believe he was a person, with his receding hairline and all. He was sweet and caring as a friend, and an incredibly awkward love interest. He was real with his flaws and all.
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Prince Maxon is the very definition of a dream boyfriend. He is a prince after all, and he is nice and considerate and funny, and you get to see him as a real person in The Elite, how he is insecure, struggled with things and is not simply a cardboard cut out of a perfect man.
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Marco was perfect. It has been ages since I read this book, but I remember loving Marco for his determination to find his way to be the one he loves. I was awed by how he continued to impress and woo Celia, even before they’d actually met. Everyone knows there is a level of showing off when you meet someone new
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How could he not steal my heart and ruin my life. Anyone who has read this book will understand what I’m talking about. He is a life ruiner of epic proportions, in so many ways. He ripped my heart out and stopped all over it.
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So, this one is a bit of a shock entry. I know many of you may not of heard of this book, or this author, but I read this book when I was about fifteen. Probably not the best idea when it is an adult read, but I regret nothing. Anyway, Calvin Morrissey is cocky, full of him self, a womaniser, scared of commitment and has major family problems, but he is so freaking charming I don’t even care. I loved that man, he created unrealistic expectations of the male species for me when I was still a teenager. There is no saving some people. I’m screwed. Films, books and TV, they have all ruined men for me because these people are not real and I want them to be. It’s alright though, there have been some unrealistic expectations of adulthood also given within these books, and let me tell you, life does not fall into place, but that is a story for another day.
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Who wasn’t in love with Park? He stole every girl’s heart who read these book, and possibly a few men’s. I wish I met a boy like him when I was still at school, sadly all the boys I knew at school were idiots, like the numerous ones who harassed Eleanor. Park is a kind considerate boy who goes to any length for the girl he loves. That is what everyone wants, and he caught my heart with his love of comic books and music.
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So, I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I love Meg Cabot. Or, I did when I was fifteen. I loved Rob Wilkins in the Missing series she wrote. He was a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who had morals, self restraint, and rode a motorcycle. I was in love with him because he didn’t give in to the seduction attempts of Jess, he resisted and allowed her to grow up because he knew he was too old for her and too dangerous and let her try and meet a nice boy. I love a boy with issues.

And that is me for this week. Hopefully have some more stuff in a couple of days. Anyone else fallen head over heels for a fictional man and developed some seriously unrealistic expectations for life?

21 April 2014

I’m An Impulse Book Buyer

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Hi… my name is Becky and I’m… and impulse book buyer. Oh, the shame.

Now, I know it’s not actually all that serious, apart from being damaging to my bank balance, but it is a serious problem for me. I try and be reserved, to wait until I know I have time to read a book before buying, but more often than not, I don’t. It’s becoming a major problem because I have a shelf of books that are part of my TBR pile, along with pages of books TBR on my kindle. It’s getting to the stage where I am fully aware I should not buy anymore books until I have a handle on the ones I already own, but with so many new books coming out each week, how am I to restrain myself from indulging?
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I know some people are really restrained in their buying of books, waiting to read reviews to see what others think before buying, waiting to see if people have any good things to say or not before sacrificing money to a book they nothing more about than what the synopsis says about it. I used to, mostly, be one of those people. Back when I was at university I used to only buy books I knew I was going to enjoy, because I had so little money to spend on myself I had to restrain myself. Except when It came to market days as there were always a few stalls with an array of book for sale at around £2 a pop. Then I always went mental, buying more books than I could carry, so I had an array of books creating a bed side table for myself (this is a genuine thing I still do, I keep my phone on my glasses on there, it’s amazingly useful).
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This impulse buying has become worse for two reasons I think. I am worse for it simply because I have a job, and therefore an income coming in. I have all this disposable income (which isn’t actually disposable because I am trying to save so I can move out of my parents house) and so I decide my disposable income should be spent on entertainment for myself. The other reason my impulse buying is getting out of control? I own a kindle. I am convinced it is my kindle that has caused this new found need to buy books. Ebooks are reasonably cheap, so I feel no guilt about buying a few, and there are normally quite a few decent books on offer, so I feel the need to buy them whilst they’re cheap, even though I have no time to read them.

I know I could go ahead and enforce a book buying ban upon myself, but I would hate that, I would feel so behind in all the new releases and I probably wouldn’t stick to it. My biggest issue is I have no self control.Or I have excellent self control until I become upset and feel the need to buy myself something to feel better, or until I see something and have set my mind upon owning it. I will then manage to rationalise buying it regardless of cost or how much money I have. Then I will feel guilty after buying it because I know I shouldn’t have and that I don’t actually need whatever I bought. It’s terrible, it’s my money to spend and often I feel guilty after sending it because I don’t need the things I buy. Middle class problems anyone?

I know another solution to my problem would be to simply go to the library. And I sued to, all the time. But my local library is just not that fantastic. It is a small one that is a part of our borough library system where they like share books and that, and there aren’t that many great books. They often don’t get new releases in all that often. It’s filled with romance and crime thrillers, but decent books are bit harder to come by (no offense to romance and crime thriller readers, I’m with you, I love them too, but when they are your only lending options it gets a bit dull). My library is just not up to date enough for my liking, also I feel a bit dodge entering the ‘teen section’ to borrow books, I’m 23 and whilst it’s perfectly acceptable for me to buy YA books from Waterstones, borrowing them from the library seems a bit squick, and I don’t know why.

So, there you all have it. I am an impulse book buyer. I will buy books simply for their synopsis, cool cover, or even just because they happen to be cheap at the time that I see them. I often go in completely blind when buying books. I don’t care to spend ages reading reviews when it comes to books because it can spoil things for you, so I tend to avoid until I own or have read the book, certainly I won’t go out of my way to read them. This is completely the opposite approach that I have to electronics, where I spend days and weeks reading reviews before committing to buy something. Currently I am spending my time reading tablet reviews as I contemplate replacing my Kindle Fire.

I have piles, and pages TBR and I am fully aware I may never read some of the books I buy. Do I feel bad about that? Of course I do. Am I going to try and change my ways? Maybe, I might try, but probably not.
What about you, do any of you have the same impulse buying problem? Or, do you prefer to know what you’re getting into before you buy. Anyone have any sage advice for me and my problem.

20 April 2014

This week has been wonderful and terrible

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So, I’m bringing this back because I like my summary posts. I was shocked when I discovered I haven't done one since March. I know it’s not my most popular feature, but I’ve always enjoyed summary posts. I enjoy them and they were the perfect place to list what I’ve been up to.

The post title sounds a bit ominous doesn’t it? My week has been great, I’ve been reading, I only worked a three day week. I’ve been social and seen friends. It’s been an excellent week for me. It’s been terrible for blogging, though. I’ve managed to get a couple of posts out, but I just posted stuff I’d mostly already written. I’m going to get back into the swing of things though. I am determined.
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So these are all the books I’ve read since my last Sunday summary post. I read Siege & Storm for the first time and I blogged my thoughts on that series here. I read Sweet Thing, which I really enjoyed. I had been intending to read that book for so long, it was even on my Spring TBR list a while back. I indulged my love for Jane Austen and read a book from the Austen Project, I own Sense & Sensibility from the same project, too. I hope to read that soon. I also indulged in some chick-lit reading in the forms of Strange Bedpersons and Just a Girl Standing in Front of a Boy, I even blogged about chick-lit being my go-to genre. Then I read Thousand Words, which was really good.

I’m currently reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Panic. I’m not normally one to have two books and the go at the same time, but my copies of DoSaB series are all hardbacks, not really travel appropriate, and I spend my commute and lunch break reading at work, so I like to have a book on the go on my kindle. I am reading DoSaB really slowly, which is unusual for me, but I am really nervous about reading the third book, I don’t want the series to end, so I’m making the series last. I’m being careful to avoid spoilers.

I’ve also been reading blog posts (a lot of them, I don’t like to share how many) and there have been some interesting reads. Chick-lit relevant discussion happened over at Natflix & Books. I have been messing with my blog template because of the excellent blogger posts I read over at These Paper Hearts. Novel Sounds returned with a great review on Open Road Summer and an awesome soundtrack to go with it, which I loved and have been listening to on repeat.
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I have been watching a range of different things. I have been to the cinema twice in two weeks! That’s a lot for me, because it’s so expensive. I went to see Captain America, which was amazing. I spent my weekend away raving about it to anyone who would listen. Then I went to see The Quiet Ones, because I am a huge horror movie fan. It’s definitely a film to see at the cinema, because the surround sound made you feel like the sounds were happening in the cinema at times, it’s proper jumpy, but I will probably never see it again. My mom got the Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy on dvd back at Christmas and I’m getting around to watching those in lieu of rereading the books, because I just don’t have the time for that. I’ve renewed my love k-dramas and have been watching Flower Boy Next Door, which is adorable and sweet and I’m absolutely loving it. K-dramas are always so lovely. And finally I watched Breathe In. Another thing you may not know about me is I adore music, I love any film or book that features music as a key theme. Breathe In featured some excellent classical music, it was a a strange film, I don’t know how much I enjoyed it, but the music was flawless.

Well, until next time guys.