30 November 2014

Sunday Summary 30.11.2014

Sunday Summary
It’s been a couple of weeks since I last rambled at you all about my everyday. I was going to do a monthly round up, but screw that. I’ll just a few more of these and write a year round up at the end of December. I can’t be bothered with rehashing my posts for the month, I hope you don’t mind. It actually doesn’t make sense because I love reading others monthly posts, so I’m just lazy.

I’ve been attempting to get my Christmas shopping all sorted because I absolutely loathe shopping at Christmas. There are too many people out and they start getting more and more inconsiderate. I’ve also splashed out on a Playstation for myself, because I need to reward my efforts in getting shopping done. This may mean a bit more quietness on the blogging front, but I read a blog post a while back about how I shouldn’t apologise for not blogging, I’m trying to live by that post. I have a life outside of this blog, I have interests outside of reading, and whilst I do occasionally tell you about my other interests, I don’t always. Not that I need to justify myself, but I feel it’s only fair to explain myself and give you some forewarning.

I’ve been attempting to get a bit ahead of my schedule for blogging, just so I’m not rushing around trying to get a blog post up the night before, instead I can have a quick read through and do a bit of tweaking if necessary. Also, I know that things will get quiet around Christmas, so I don’t want to just disappear, if I can get a couple of posts written up I can schedule some posts rather than disappearing off the face of the earth.

What I’ve Been Reading

I’m rather impressed with all the reading I’ve been doing, if anyone wants to hear my thoughts on these books please let me know and I’ll try my best. As you can see I’ve been on a bit of a contemporary romance binge with some paranormal romance thrown in, sometimes these are the only kind of books I can read, because they are easy and comforting and require little commitment from myself. They interest me without absorbing me, because sometimes I cannot commit too much to a book because I have other things to do, if that makes sense.

What I’m Currently Reading

Ever since I heard about this Joss Whedon Biography I’ve wanted to read it and lucky little me, it was on offer for just over £1 on Kindle for Black Friday. I love Joss Whedon, I’ve said id before and will probably say it again, his work is always so amazing and he is always thinking of new things. I am one of those people that proclaims him to be a genius and forces anything he has done on others. I’m only at the start, but I’m enjoying what I’ve read.

Then, My True Love Gave To Me, I said I wanted to read it and so I committed and bought it. This such a pretty book, the pages are pink and there is a lovely gold page marker in it which is so great because I can never find my a book marker. I’ve read the first two stories and enjoyed them thoroughly. I’ve never been much of a short story person, but now I’m beginning to question that view. You get through the story quickly and there are no annoying cliff-hangers which force you to read later than you want to. This is a book which I will definitely review and plan to buy it for all of my friends.

Well that’s my past couple of weeks, I’ll post again soon. Until then, how are things with you? Read any good books lately, I’m always on the lookout.

28 November 2014

The Brilliance Saga (so Far)–Marcus Sakey

Brilliance – Marcus Sakey
Genre: Sci Fi, Thriller
My Rating:
In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in - and betray his own kind.

From Marcus Sakey, "a modern master of suspense" (Chicago Sun-Times) and "one of our best storytellers" (Michael Connelly), comes an adventure that’s at once breakneck thriller and shrewd social commentary; a gripping tale of a world fundamentally different and yet horrifyingly similar to our own, where being born gifted can be a terrible curse.
Genre: Sci Fi, Thriller
My Rating:
The brilliants changed everything.

Since 1980, 1% of the world has been born with gifts we’d only dreamed of. The ability to sense a person’s most intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move virtually unseen. For thirty years the world has struggled with a growing divide between the exceptional...and the rest of us.
Now a terrorist network led by brilliants has crippled three cities. Supermarket shelves stand empty. 911 calls go unanswered. Fanatics are burning people alive.
Nick Cooper has always fought to make the world better for his children. As both a brilliant and an advisor to the president of the United States, he’s against everything the terrorists represent. But as America slides toward a devastating civil war, Cooper is forced to play a game he dares not lose—because his opponents have their own vision of a better world.
And to reach it, they’re willing to burn this one down.
From Marcus Sakey, “the master of the mindful page turner” (Gillian Flynn) and “one of our best storytellers” (Michael Connelly), Book Two of the Brilliance Saga is a relentless thrill ride that will change the way you look at your world—and the people around you.
I read Brilliance and it’s sequel a few weeks back and I felt I should write a few words about them since I’ve never heard anything mentioned about them before and they were such enjoyable books.

I first heard about the book, Brilliance, after seeing something about it on Buzzfeed, I think they did an interview with the author or something, and it sounded crazy interesting so when I saw it on Amazon on offer for 99p I immediately bought it. It then was left to gather electronic dust on my kindle shelf. I attempted to read this book a few times, but was never in the right frame of mind for it, so I began to write it of a bit. Anyway, long story short, I read this book a couple of weeks ago and I am so glad I did. I powered through this book and it’s sequel and I can’t wait for the third one to come out so I can find out how things work out for the brilliants.

I suppose I should tell you a bit about these books, the premise is that in the 80s kids started being born who were brilliant, these children were completely normal apart from they had one extraordinary skill. It’s bit like the X-Men in that there are people with extraordinary abilities being the minority in a population of normal people, except everyone knows about brilliants and they are sort of accepted, if a bit controlled. It’s probably what X-Men would have been like if the Mutant Registration Act had been enforced. Children are tested for being a brilliant, it is required, and if they are a particularly powerful they are taken from their parents, but I won’t spoil the rest. Anyway, there are brilliants and normals in the world, and the books are about the struggles for them to coexist with all their differences. It’s all about different people and their views, some believing Brilliants deserve control due to their superiority and others believing that brilliants need to be controlled and monitored because if they are allowed freedom than normal people become inferior and redundant as an inevitability.

These books play out a bit like a movie, they are so complex and exciting. There is a lot going on at all times, which isn’t surprising considering you can see a war brewing between brilliants and normal people.These books were amazing because they were as absorbing as a film and filled with so much detail that you always want from films but can’t get because of the limited time. They were filled with action and were exciting and they kept me hooked throughout, which is a rarity in books. It might be because they remind me a bit of X-Men, one of my favourite comic books series, and it could also be because of the thriller part of the books that kept them so exciting.

The characters felt real and I cared about them. I also shouted at them for all their ridiculous decisions when they were stupid. I also understood why characters acted like they did even when I didn't agree with them, you learnt their motivations and you could understand their flawed logic. It was nice for once to be annoyed at characters actions whilst understanding them.

I would strongly recommend these books to anyone. If you like action good characterisations and an intriguing story then get reading. I am a huge fan of alternate histories where a divergence in events leads to a different world. ‘why I am such a huge fan of the sci fi show fringe and was upset when it ended. That’s not the point, though, these books are awesome, that is what all this rambling is about. Buy them, read them, tell all your friends about them.

Anyone else read these books, what did you think? Are there any books you’ve read which have surprised you as you enjoyed them even though they are completely out of your normal reading zone?

25 November 2014

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

I say this every time we have the TBR seasonal theme from the Broke and the Bookish, I am not a planner when it comes to books so I normally just list the books I know are coming out in the next couple of months and any books I haven’t read yet that seem seasonally appropriate, because that is how I roll.
My True Love Gave To Me
This book is the perfect winter read. I’m thinking of getting it soon because it seems like the perfect books to dip in and out of over Christmas. Also, isn’t that cover pretty? And the number of good authors with their stories in it, there are lots of them, it’s awesome.

Wicked – Jennifer Armentrout
This is a book I’ve pre-ordered and am excited to read. I love Armentrout and this book is set in New Orleans so two good things combined is bound to be a good book, right?

Another author I love and will continually buy and read. I loved this series and

The Mime Order – Samantha Shannon
This book better be coming out in January, after the release date got pushed back I was well annoyed. I am excited.
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Love & Other Theories – Alexis Bass
I can’t remember where I hear about this book but as soon as I read the synopsis I knew I needed to read it so imagine my disappointment in finding out I’d have to wait for it to be released first. Heart-breaking. I hate waiting for things, so I’m glad that finally the release is fast approaching.

I Was Here – Gayle Forman
So, I’ve still not read all of Forman’s books, but from what I have read I’m excited for this book. I will be excited about this book until I read it.

A Darker Shade of Magic – VE Schwab
Another book where I read the synopsis, got really excited, and then found out the book wasn’t going to be out for another couple of months and I’ve had to wait. I hate waiting for things, so I’ll be snapping this up.

And that’s all I’ve got, I think. I never manage to stick to my books on my TBR lists, I think I’ve still got books from my summer list that are still unbought and unread, so this list is just a suggestion of what I might buy.

20 November 2014

Do Your Read Differently In Different Formats?

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I have become a big fan of ebooks, I read almost exclusively on my Kindle now. I still buy books because I adore books, and sometimes I even read them, but I have found myself preferring to read on my kindle, which is strange considering a few years ago I wasn’t a fan of ereaders at all. What I have found from owning a Kindle is that I have started to read far more than I used to, my question is why?

I think part of my increased reading is that I have so many books available to me in one place. I might start reading one book and find I’m not in the mood for reading, so I begin another. I never have to make a decision on what I read, or struggle through a book I’m not clicking with, instead all my books are available and I can easily flick in and out of them. I know you can do the same with physical books, but as I read primarily on my commute to and from work and on my lunch break that means if I read a physical book I either have to carry multiple books with me to match my fickle reading moods (which would be weighty) or i have to choose a book and stick with it, something I’m not always good at.

It also means that when I finish one book I can immediately start the next book. This is useful as I do often finish a book during my lunch hour and find myself needing to occupy another half hour or so. I don’t always like to start another book immediately after finishing another, I feel like there is a bookish mourning period of sorts when it comes to finishing a book, but it’s great because when you’re reading a series you always have the next book to hand.

Ebooks are immediately available once you buy them so that book you’ve just had to own after reading the blurb is there for you to devour straight away, which means when you’ve gotten yourself all psyched up for a book you can start it straight away. When you’re waiting for a book to come through the post sometimes the fervour you’ve developed has eased and you’re less excited to begin it instantly. i find that anyway, but I am fickle in my reading whims. I think the fact I can begin a book immediately is good because I do get myself all excited when I find a new book to read, and that excitement can lead me to read quickly and a bit obsessively.

Now, before you go and accuse me of making this post all about my support for ereaders I am going to tell you why sometimes I prefer reading a physical copy of books. I often find reading physical books has become more intimidating for me since becoming an avid Kindle reader, and I think it’s because I can see the actual size of a book before I’ve even started, and for what ever reading I find long books daunting. regardless, though, I do sometimes prefer reading a physical copy of a book for various reasons.

If a book has pictures or maps as reference I almost always prefer reading a physical copy as it is easy to flick back and forth to the images you need. I love Matthew Reilly’s Jack West Jr book series, they are written like action films in that there are quick short sentences, not a lot of description, all about the action, and within them there are pictures. They’re more like diagrams and maps really, and they help to demonstrate what is being written about. you might say they’re unnecessary if a book is written well, but I like these books for having that added help to them, they help me get what’s going on. They are also books which I would always prefer to read physical copies for because it’s hard to flick back to a picture in an ebook.

Fantasy novels tend to be a thing I prefer to read the actual books for, especially if there is a lot of world building going on, because these are the books that have the maps that you keep flicking back to. They are also the books that normally have a glossary of terms at the end when you get confused about the words people are using. I know Kindle has that X-Ray thing for characters, and that it’s easy to follow a link and such for references, but there is something about being able to flick back and forth in a book that is nice.

I suppose this has gotten off of the point a bit, I was trying to write about reading differently in different formats, which this kind of shows I do, but I guess it’s more about how I love my Kindle , but there is something about owning the physical copy of a book. I tend to prefer Hardbacks because they look nicer on my shelf, but to be honest, I just love books in general. For my favourite books I probably own them on my kindle and have a copy sat on my shelf, because I am a firm believer of always having access to your favourite books. I will never give up owning an ereader in some shape or form simply due to the convenience, but I will not commit to being exclusive to one format either, because a kindle does not look as impressive on your book shelf as a bunch of books do. And how else am I meant to force my favourite book on people without having a physical copy to fob off on folks?

What about everyone else, how do you prefer your books? Do you read exclusively in one format, or are you like me? Stuck on the fence over convenience and aesthetics?

18 November 2014

Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get

It’s like the Broke and the Bookish know how much I love me a good series, even when I’m not aware I’m starting a series, which happens a lot. I’ve tried to think of a variety of different series, and I’ve tried to stick with series where the next book is due out in the next six months (or has already been released and I’ve not gotten around to buying it yet.

1. End of Days – Susan EE

I need the third book in this series. I read the first two books so quickly and enjoyed them a lot, way more than I expected so I was disappointed to learn the third book wasn’t out for a good long while.

2. Remembrance (The Mediator) – Meg Cabot

I only learnt this book was being released a few days ago, but I am so damn excited. I mentioned before that me and one of my best friends first bonded over our love for this book so the excitement of learning about it’s release knows no bounds. We will buy it on the day it is released and devour it as quickly as possible then we will sit and talk about it until something else grabs our attention. Is it 2015 yet?

3. The Mime Order – Samantha Shannon

I am so excited about this book, I’ve been excited about it ever since I finished The Bone Season so I obviously have this on pre-order, I was so annoyed that it didn’t get released at the end of September or whatever the original release date was, it got pushed back. I still have it on pre-order but I am so damn impatient when it comes to waiting for books.

4. Lair of Dreams – Libba Bray

I previously said I wasn’t too sure about The Diviners, but I managed to power through and properly got into it. It was cool and interesting and completely different to anything else I had read at the time. I’m not too sure what’s going to happen in the next book, sometimes you get hints about what the next book is going to be about, this one did not give off too many clues. It was left very open ended. Whenever this comes out though, I will be there buying it, even though I hate the new covers for the book.

5. Perfect Couple - Jennifer Echols

So, I loved the first in the Superlatives series, Biggest Flirts. Sure, it wasn’t as good as some of Echols other books, but I enjoyed it all the same. As such, I’m pretty psyched for the next book to come out, sure the books seem predictable, but there is something wonderful about Echols’s writing that will always make me want the next book, and the idea of this series is very fun.

6. Shadow Scale – Rachel Hartman

I’ve got a confession to make, although I only read Seraphina a little while ago, I properly can’t remember what happened. I am terrible with having book amnesia when it comes to books in a series, so I’m always having to reread them when a new book is released. No doubt this will be the same, but I know I’m excited for this book. I’m excited for what comes next, even if I can’t remember what happened in the last book.

7. Chaos – Sarah Fine

Because this series of books really surprised me. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, I bought it because it sounded vaguely interesting and was on offer on my kindle. Then I found myself really enjoying it so that cliffhanger at the end of the second book pissed me off to no end. I’m telling you, cliffhangers are the worst when you reading an ongoing series.

8. Strange And Ever After – Susan Dennard

I have been meaning to get this book for ages, like actually though. I loved the first two books, even thought zombies aren’t really my thing. I found the entire take in this book to be pretty unique, and the writing was really good. I can’t believe I haven’t bought this book yet.

9. Mr Kiss And Tell – Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

I’m going to be honest, I haven’t read the first Veronica Mars book, but I’m still excited about this book because Veronica Mars. When this book comes out I will buy it, it’s another book I need to buy.

10. The Perilous Sea – Sherry Thomas

I think there is a theme going on here. I like fantasy novels and they all seem to be a part of series, but anyway. I Loved The Burning Sky, even though it took me a while to get into it, and so when I get around to buying this book, I hope to read it and love it in the same way.

16 November 2014

Sunday Summary 16.11.2014

Sunday Summary
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So, I'm bringing this back because I've missed it and because I've been such a rubbish blogger that I'm sure you guys might appreciate hearing my excuses. I've not been posting much both due to both sheer laziness, my forgetting to schedule posts so even when I do have posts written they are just getting left in my drafts folder and also because I've lost some of my motivation. I've fallen into a small reading slump where I'm only reading one or two books a week, which is nothing for me. This then leaves me with nothing to review and feeling unimaginative and unmotivated as I get tempted to repeat my self. I've gotten some discussion posts up recently, which are really more my thoughts and ramblings on a topic but I've enjoyed writing those because I enjoy nothing more than telling people what I think. I haven’t gotten as much written as I’ve wanted to though, and I don’t know what’s causing it.

This week I've been even more distracted than usual because I began my Christmas shopping, I know that dreaded word. Now, before you go accusing me if being a scrooge, I’m not, I like Christmas. I like the Christmas tree and gathering in a cosy warm house with your family eating good food and giving gifts, but going anywhere with shops at Christmas is ridiculous. Everywhere is ridiculous and crowded and all the people pushing. I hate it and it makes me so angry because people tend to suck at this time of year.
A prime example of the rudeness of people at Christmas is my trip to Solihull yesterday. Me and a friend decided to go on a little adventure to shop somewhere we had never been before, this trip was to Solihull as we heard there was both a House of Fraser and a John Lewis, both shops we don’t have local to us. Now, we went on a Saturday, so I expected the crowds of people, especially as we are getting so close to Christmas, what I didn’t expect is people to be quite so rude.

You would be walking along and people wouldn’t move even the slightest if you were walking towards them and the path was crowded. They would cut across you when walking to get to whatever shop they wanted to go to, screw whether or not that could lead to a collision when walking. One woman, I was walking towards her, I attempted to move out of her way and assumed she would move the other way to prevent a collision, as it was really busy  and there was absolutely nowhere else for me to walk so it would be the polite thing to do, but she didn’t even attempt to move. She shoulder barged me instead, like proper American football style it felt like. My friends was shocked, she said it looked like it really hurt, now I was fine, but I was fed up from that point forward, and this happened very early on in my little shopping adventure. I cannot cope with intentionally rude people, if you unintentionally knock into someone you say sorry, I do, but this woman didn’t even react to it. It was ridiculous. And that is my story of anger for the week, I’m sure there will be more as we head into the Christmas period.
Back on to bookish things. As I said. I've only read two books this week and even the second one I've only started and not finished. I don't know what it is. Yes Please was such a different book for me to read, which was really refreshing and I think made me enjoy it more, but by the end I was totally ready for a fun easy read that wasn’t about real people, which is why I started The Glass Magician. I read the first book, The Paper Magician, at the end of last month and really enjoyed it. It was a quick and fun YA fantasy read that I finished in a couple of days, I’m hoping the same will be true of this one. I do love me a good fantasy book, and these books totally make me want to start doing origami. Read and you’ll understand.
I’ve been listening to Foo Fighters Sonic Highways this week, after discovering the documentary on the album on iPlayer. There are five episodes up so far, so watch them if you get a chance. It’s been fun and seriously interesting. Maybe the TV watching is partly why my reading is so slow, there have been a few TV shows which have started up that I’ve been watching, there has been David Attenborough with another wonderful documentary, Life Story. It’s on iPlayer, watch it. Then there has been The Blacklist, Arrow, The Flash and various other shows on Sky which I’ve simply has to watch, so there have been less hours of me sitting around at my laptop unoccupied, could be the cause of some blogging laziness.

Anyway, next week I vow to be a better blogger. I will attempt to avoid being angered by Christmas shopping, instead trying to reach a state of calm to avoid some major bitching about how much people suck, and I will attempt to read more. That sounds reasonable, right? Also, tell me about your week or about your stories of people being awful whilst shopping, or being nice, because that can happen as well.

09 November 2014

Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book

This weeks theme from the Broke and the Bookish is all about what characters you wish had gotten the spotlight and had their own book. I don’t know if I necessarily want a book for the characters I’ve chosen, but I think I would have liked to know more about them, gotten a chapter from their perspective or something. I couldn’t think of ten, again, but I went with however many characters I could think of that immediately sprang to mind.
ttt haymitch
I want to know about the games Haymitch was in and about how he survived, what he was thinking when he won. I want to know what happened to make him the man he was in The Hunger Games, what made him the angry drunk? I know it’s all implied and hinted at, but to actually read and know would be so nice. I just want to learn all about Haymitch because I think he was hard done by in the third book, I wanted more of him because I adore him.
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There are so many characters in The Hunger Games I wish had their own story, but the other one who I adored was FInnick Odair, because I know there was a greater story behind him and we only got to see glimpses of it. Finnick was such an interesting character, but that may partly because I find cocky pretty boys interesting, but I wanted to know Finnick, both the face he presented to the world and the real Finnick.
ttt marauders
I would like a Marauder’s Era Harry Potter book, as would half the HP fanbase, because I want to learn everything about Rowling’s characters. Even though they died, I would love to read about the first war and everything that happened to make them into the characters of Harry Potter’s era. I want to know about the wizarding world before war broke out, was it always continually brewing this war or was there a peaceful period whilst the marauders were at school?
ttt mogget
I loved Mogget in the Abhorsen trilogy, I’d love to know more about him I think. Honestly I’d love of everything in that series, especially with Clariel out, it’s renewed my teenage obsession with these books. I would love to read a book about the Clayr from the Abhorsen series, I would love to read books about life before the darkness and after and the periods in between and just learn about that world a little more. But Mogget, I want to know more about Mogget and the things he would have seen in his long life.
ttt Brimstone
In Daughter of Smoke and Bone you got mere glimpses of him, you heard parts of his story, but not enough. He deserved more of a backstory he came and went too soon for my liking, I know you found out more about him, but I do kind of wish you got more about him, he was such an interesting character. I want to know life from his perspective and why he made the decisions he did, why did he not lead more? Why did he make the decisions he did and keep the secrets he had? Were there more secrets he never had a chance to reveal?
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Calicifer was my favourite character in Howl’s Moving Castle, both in the film and the book. I want entire books written about him because he intrigues me. I know it would be difficult to write entire books about the Fire Demon, but I do wish there was more on him, just a scene from his perspective. I don’t know how interesting it would be, but it might quell my curiosity.
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I would have loved to have gotten his perspective of things, he was developed wonderfully as a character, but it would have been so nice to see how he viewed the world, especially with his grace. he was so interesting and I feel he never got his full chance to shine and grow as a character.

I can’t think of anymore characters, which annoys me, because I know there are characters in books I wanted more of. I do have a thing where I always want to know more about the fictional worlds, like I would love to know more about the wizarding world in Harry Potter, have it all fleshed out about career options, the education of wizards before they go to school, and how different houses spend their freetime, but I literally can’t think of any more characters I want a book for.

08 November 2014

Can You Reread as a Book Blogger?

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I am not going to tell you how to find time to reread because that is something I struggle with at the moment. I want to reread, but how do you find the time when there are so many new releases? As a book blogger you try and stay up to date with books, you want to review new books for people and tell everyone what you’re reading. There are a ton of books I currently want to reread at the moment, I've even started one, but as a book blogger how do you stay current and relevant when all you want to do is reread old books?

It’s hard to justify rereading, it sometimes feels like a waste of time, despite the enjoyment you get from it, because  I know I can write reviews on books I’ve not reviewed on here before, and can make my rereading a part of my blog in a feature of some sort, but I’m a terrible book reviewer, my immediate response to a book is I like it. Reviews get boring when you like every book you read and I end up trying to force myself to think of intelligent reasons for why I liked a book. So, writing some other feature would make rereading a relevant thing to my blog rather than what sometimes feels like a wasted effort.

I suppose that’s the point isn’t it, you can easily find time to reread, especially if you make it relevant to your blog so the rereading doesn’t feel like a wasted effort. It’s not about needing to find time, it’s feeling comfortable with rereading. I love to reread things, it’s like seeing an old friend, it’s happy and comfortable because you know exactly what’s going to happen.

I don’t need to justify rereading to myself, I know this. Just because I have a book blog doesn’t mean it should control every area of my life. It’s easy to forget that when you want to post things and keep people reading, going over things you’ve already read won’t really interest other people, or at least it can feel like that, yet how many people do you know that love to watch things they’ve seen before, or have read Harry Potter ten million times since the release? Exactly, rereading is not a wasted effort, I only wish I had more hours in the day to read books so I could do it, especially when I’m not on top of my TBR list.

What are everyone’s thoughts on rereading then? I know there has been some convoluted rambling from me here, but I would love to hear (or read) some of your convoluted rambling on the topic.

04 November 2014

Top Ten Books I Want To Reread

The Broke and The Bookish are asking an easy question this week about books I want to reread. I love to reread books because it’s like visiting old friends, books you’ve already read can be comforting because you know what will happen, and sometimes that can be good, to enjoy a book simply for the story, or that could just be me. Sorry if this post comes across a bit blergh but I currently have a cold and this was hurriedly put together whilst hopped up on Lemsip and ibuprofen, just so you know.
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I’ve been wanting reread this book ever since I saw some post on Tumblr which said that Autumn was the perfect season to reread because of all the cozy jumpers and that, and they’re right, I think this is an autumn book, and now I want to reread.

Ever since I saw this book was being made into a film I was excited, I was even more excited by the fact Lily Collins would be in it because that girl is just so awesome, I love her. I read this book way back when my mom got it from the library, I had just read PS I Love You, which ruined me, and I wanted to read everything she had ever written, so me and my mom were continually on the look out for them. I loved this book, whilst I tend to lean towards Ahern’s magical books, her normal everyday ones do hot something in me which I adore, like this one did.

I simply want to reread because the second book comes out in January and I can’t remember all the details, a continual issue I have with series.

I have a confession, I’ve still not read Heir Of Fire, and that’s mostly because I need to reread before I do, I’ve forgotten stuff. I need my series refresher before I start a new book. I’m also scared I won’t like it and I don’t know if I’ll make until the next book if I start now.

I know it’s not even been a year since I read this, but I know this will be a series I will reread one day, because I adored it so much I know I’ll want to go back and visit the characters, that’s just who I am.

I don’t need to even justify this, but I know it’s been a good long while since I read it, at least two years, and to me that is a travesty.

Clariel, that’s all you need to know. I need to reread because of that book coming out, a book I can’t buy until it’s out on paperback otherwise the series won’t match on my shelf.

My Nan bought this book for me years ago and every so often I like to reread both because it makes me smile and reminds me of her and both those are good things.

I read this series when I was younger and never finished it and I know I loved it, despite it being like ten million books long. I want to reread it just to see if it is as good as I remember, I don’t know.

I want to reread all of her books really, but this one holds a special place for me simply because it is the first book of hers which I read.

01 November 2014

Do You Ever Feel Like You Don't Give A Book Enough Of A Chance?

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I am a bit of a mood reader. I’ve been over that before, a long while back now, but because of my book choosing tendencies I don’t plan what I’m going to read and I will often pick up and put down several books when deciding on what to read next. I sometimes pick up and put down various books and even read the first chapter about ten million times on various attempts to begin a book which I’ve bought that I’m dying to read. Often, because I try and read a book multiple times and don’t get into it, I end up writing it off a bit and think it’s not worth the effort and questions why I bought it.

I’ve started to question the logic of me doing this disregarding of books because there a couple of books now that I’ve written of and when I go back and try and read them a second time (because the thought of buying a book and not reading it makes me sad) I find myself really enjoying it and question what I was waiting for. That’s happened with the book I’m reading at the moment, Brilliance, it is actually a brilliant read, but I’ve attempted to begin this book on three separate occasions and it is only this current attempt that has led me to get into the book and actually enjoy it. It’s made me question whether I’m too quick to judge a book simply because I wasn’t in the mood to read it at the time.

Does this mean that I should reattempt all the books I don’t finish at a later date, just in case I’m in the mood for it and it’s in fact a good book? Okay, that’s a bit extreme, I’m not going to read all my DNF, but I will certainly reattempt books that I put down after a chapter or two, because who knows? I could be missing out on an amazing book… or not. But I have to keep giving books a chance, just in case.