Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Teaser Tuesday #10


This is a post for Teaser Tuesday, which is where I randomly pick a page of the book I'm reading at the moment, and share with all you lovelies two sentences off that page, with no spoilers allowed. This is a weekly event, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. The button is supplied by the lovely Kylee of Babbling of a Bookaholic. 






 This week I'm reading A Touch of Ice; An Everly Gray Adventure, by L. J. Charles. It is currently free on the Kindle store... yay, free!


p. 33.  " The deep sexy rumble assaulted my ears and shattered the peace of the quiet cul-de-sac I call home. Barefoot, mind focused on domesticity and the apple pie, I had no room in my world for the harsh reality of a... motorcyle?"




Has anyone read this book? Any other free Kindle books you'd recommend?  I'd love to know your thoughts. 
See you next week!

Things I am Loving #5



Because sometimes, I do things other than read....


This week I am loving...

Listening to someone's heartbeat.

Yes, that is so so random. But I was stuck for what to write this week for what I am loving, and I randomly thought of the last time I did this, and it made me smile like a bit of a goon. Its totally relaxing when you are getting a bit of a cuddle on, and the person doesn't realise that you are listening to their heartbeat. Its even nicer when their heartbeat is all relaxed and whatnot too.

Or, if you have a wicked sense of humour (like me), you can let the person know that you can hear their heartbeat, and listen to it speed up as they get all nervous and self conscious.
Am I mean? Yes. Was it cute? Kinda. Was it funny? Absolutely. Will they ever see this? Probably not.

Erm, so yeah... thats my random thought for the week. And now I am off to read a book in bed, on my own.

Friday, 26 October 2012

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce


Title: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Author: Rachel Joyce
Format: Hardback
Length: 288 pages
Genre: Contemporary
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So it has taken me literally three weeks to write this review. Not for lack of trying!! I have had the dreaded writer's block (or is it reader's block?). Anyhoo, I just haven't been able to form one kinda clear opinion on this book, and its affected all of my other blogging efforts!! So, here are my incoherent views of this book.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is all about Harold Fry, a retired man who lives in Kingsbridge, Devon, and how he decides to personally deliver a letter to his friend dying from cancer rather than post it to her. The book follows Harold as he travels across the country and meets new people, and follows how it changes him, causing him to reflect on the path his life has taken.

Oh Harold, I thought you would be a boring character, but reading all about you and your walk was lovely. A total emotional roller-coaster read!! Unless you want to be in sob fest central, DO NOT read this book after any kind of a stressful day. Actually, maybe roller-coaster is a bit dramatic. There is a whole wide range of emotions that are evoked when reading this book, and emotionally I found myself flip flopping, but I was never like "OMG SO DRAMATIC". It was more quietly thought provoking. This book definitely stays with you, and makes you think poignant thoughts. 

I really like the story of the people that Harold meets. Like the man who likes trainers. I was like "WTF!!". There are moments where the people that Harold meets totally catch you off guard, and some where the people, and their behaviour are totally predictable. I do think its a sad reflection of my own mindset that I found the people that used Harold for their own means to be the predictable characters, and I found that the section of the book where these people were there to be my least favourite part. 


Its not the the normal kind of book that I read, (it is decidedly poignant, reflective, subtle, lacking in throbbing cocks), but I really enjoyed this book, much more so than I expected to. 8.5.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Teaser Tuesday #9


This is a post for Teaser Tuesday, which is where I randomly pick a page of the book I'm reading at the moment, and share with all you lovelies two sentences off that page, with no spoilers allowed. This is a weekly event, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. The button is supplied by the lovely Kylee of Babbling of a Bookaholic. 




 This week I'm reading Untamed, by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast. Its the fourth in the House of Night YA series that I'm just a tad addicted to at the moment.


p. 299.

"And I heard it. A single raven that sounded like it was so close that I should be able to see it within the night-sleeping shadows of the nearest tree. His cry was taken up by first one, and then another and another."


Has anyone read any books from this series? Did you read them in order, or randomly?  Does Zoey's constant drama in her life begin to wear thin for anyone? I'd love to know your thoughts. 
See you next week!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Teaser Tuesday #8


This is a post for Teaser Tuesday, which is where I randomly pick a page of the book I'm reading at the moment, and share with all you lovelies two sentences off that page, with no spoilers allowed. This is a weekly event, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. The button is supplied by the lovely Kylee of Babbling of a Bookaholic. 



 This week I'm reading Celebrity in Death, by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts), which is number 34 in the fantastic In Death Series. 

In this scene, Peabody is reflecting on the case so far with Eve, and how its affecting her perception of the film being made about them. And its such a good moment that I am going to cheat and write more than two sentences. *pretends to look ashamed*

p. 158.
"And that maybe there's a vid of the two of you all naked and sexy and-"

"Stop right there before I boot."

"Hey! Maybe there's a vid of fake Peabody and fake Roarke all naked and sexy. That would definitely make up for it. Maybe I could get a copy."
Has anyone read any books from this series? Did you read them in order, or randomly? And doesn't Eve Dallas just kick ass!! I'd love to know your thoughts. 
See you next week!

Reading Accessories

Like most girls, I love to shop, and I love accessories. So why shouldn't these two things be combined with my favourite activity, reading! Dorky, yes, but I embrace it. Now I also love BATHS!!! Hot steamy baths, filled with an excess of products from Lush that make my hair lovely, or the bath pink and bubbly, or my skin all smooooooth. So, today's object of my desire is something that combines accessories, reading and baths!!! Whoop!!

It is a bath tray, complete with a reading stand, a candlestick holder and a holder for your wine glass! It is available here from Amazon, and it is on my to-buy list... provided that where I am moving to has an actual bath and not just a shower. *makes mental note to check this out*.

If there is no bath, then it will be relegated to my highly coveted items list. Sad times.


Do you have any reading accessories? Anything that you have to have to improve your reading experience? Let me know!! Share with the class, please, kids!! As ever, I love to hear from you, especially if you are easily excitable, like me. Now, I'm off to take a bath!

Monday, 15 October 2012

Things I'm Loving #4


Because sometimes, I do things other than read....



This week I am loving...

Swearing, AND mild road rage

Oh, a double whammy of love this week. 

I know this is a terrible thing to love, but my car insurance ran out yesterday, and so I miss driving already. And as far as I am concerned, when driving there are far too many people who get in my way, get on my nerves, and who drive terribly. And that just winds me right up. So, as a driver, it is my right to vent my frustration at these silly silly people who forget to use indicators by swearing generally and making use of profanities that people don't really like to be called. From within the safety of my car, where they can't hear me, usually while I fake smile just in case they are looking in their mirrors at me. Am I a chicken? Yes. Does it make me feel better about the injustices of the world? Yes. And then, post-profanity, you just smile and move on with your life (whilst hoping that they are not going to the same place as you, so that you don't have to be stuck driving behind them the whole way there).

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Teaser Tuesday #7


This is a post for Teaser Tuesday, which is where I randomly pick a page of the book I'm reading at the moment, and share with all you lovelies two sentences off that page, with no spoilers allowed. This is a weekly event, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. The button is supplied by the lovely Kylee of Babbling of a Bookaholic. 


 This week I'm reading Betrayed, by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast, which is book 2 in the House of Night series.

p. 38
"....I'm Loren Blake, Vampyre Poet Laureate."
grasped his forearm in the traditional vampyre greeting, trying not to think how warm his arm was, how strong he felt, and how alone we were in the empty media centre. 


I've just finished Marked, the first in the House of Night series, and I have high hopes for this next installment. (I have actually got the next three out from the library! Eager, much?!?) Has anyone read any books from this series? Are you team Loren, or team Erik? I'd love to know your thoughts. 
See you next week!

Rivers of London, by Ben Aaronovitch


Title: Rivers of London
Author: Ben Aaronovitch
Format: Hardback
Length: 392 pages
Genre: Fantasy Crime
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Mr. Aaronovitch, I really enjoyed your book. The story was great and all that jazz. But, have words with your editor/proofreader, or whoever. Someone is not pulling their weight! Getting characters names muddled up and using technical magical terms before the narrating character is told them totally ruined my satisfaction of finding a good book. Poor show. Plus, I did get a bit confused as to who was what with the Punch puppetry thing in the last third. But I think that was because I was tired when I read it. (Poor show on my behalf too, SORRY!) 

So BEWARE dear readers, this is a book where you need your wits about you to keep up in places, but I do like a bit of a mental challenge. (Although the other day I did struggle to count to five. But, I digress.)

Ok, so petty problems aside, I really did enjoy this book. I LOVE that it was a British book, and a British setting, with British characters that were believably British. I usually seem to end up reading American books by American authors in American settings, so this was really refreshing for me. Plus, us British rock, no doubt about it.

So, I described this in a Teaser Tuesday post as being... "all about Peter Grant, a police officer in the London MET, and how a murder and subsequent interview with a witness who just happened to be a ghost open his world up to all the secret magical malarky in London. Magic and Men in Uniform, yes please!"
On the left is Punch. If you don't know who
Punch and Judy are, then google them before
reading this book!

I'm gonna stick with my lovely original description, and add in that there are two separate aspects to this story. There is the case that Peter is working on, which is a string of murders and random violence where the attackers' faces fall off, because of (as per usual) the misuse of The Magics. Yes, that shit gets italicised. And then there is the other half of the plot, which is the whole Rivers of London bit. So Mother Thames and her Daughters, and Father Thames and his Sons, (who are all, between them, the Rivers of London), are having a bit of a faceoff, and that falls under a migical magical breach of the peace, which means that the migical magical part of the police force is called in to negotiate and fix it all. And Peter Grant is the latest addition to this department, just to tie that together there.

I did get all enthusiastic about how well Aaronovitch blended his research into the book, which made it a much richer experience when reading it. It was all Londony (real word, look it up!) and historically historical. How I love the history! And all of the explanations about the MET and how it is run, complete with police lingo, was also yay. Oh, and physicsy understandings of magic made it feel logical and like it all could feasibly happen, as Peter tries to understand all The Magics in non magical mystery terms. Like I said above, I did get a tad confused towards the end. Stuff hit the fan, there was a big proverbial mess, and the whole story sped up VERY fast. But, considering that the whole book was trying to set up characters and dynamics for future books of la series, and still tell two intertwining stories simultaneously, I am surprised that it was still so manageable. 

And now to quantify this into numbers.... erm.... 7? Yeah, I'm happy with that number. 7!

Monday, 8 October 2012

Things I am Loving #3


Because sometimes, I do things other than read....


This week I am loving...

The beach...
Its now totally the wrong season for the beach in terms of bikinis and suntans, but I really love the beach in autumn. Its just about warm enough to not freeze totally, but as its not the summer season I'm allowed to walk my dog on the actual sand, rather than just along the road/pavement.

And look, he loves it, here's pictorial evidence. And isn't it pretty!

And even without the dog, I still seem to end up at the beach at the moment, especially randomly late at night. Best time to think is by the sea at night.


Sunday, 7 October 2012

The Vampire Diaries, by L. J. Smith (books 1 & 2)

Title: The Awakening; The Struggle;
Author: L. J. Smith
Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
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So, I love the Vampire Diaries TV series. It rocks my socks.  At university, good friendships have become great friendships over a mutual love of this TV show. Not kidding, only today I sent a few friends a clip. Finally, and probably most importantly, I want to do unspeakable things to Damon Salvatore. Well, a girl can dream.

So, when I saw the first two books of the Vampire Diaries that the show is based upon at the library, I couldn't help to see if they matched up to my rather high expectations. Erm... aaannnnd they didn't. Sorry to disappoint, but I thought they were often poorly written, not long enough, and Elena was annoying and shallow, and oh so stereotypically self involved. And Elena and Stefan had a massive case of insta-love, from afar. Yuk. The love triangle wasn't so love triangley as much as a wiggly line of Elena being shallow and easily influenced by vampy powers of seduction- if you are going to have a love triangle, do it properly please.

I do need to break this down a little bit more... although they should be read as if they are one book I think.
Sandwich!
First is up is The Awakening, where Elena meets Stefan, he ignores her, she decides to pursue him, and have him for herself in a very melodramatic fashion. And then there is the insta-love, where in one temper tantrum fight  they go from never having had a nice or proper conversation together to love shining in their eyes. *Barfs everywhere*. Then Damon, Stefan's older brother turns up, being all creepy and mesmerising, but still vaguely sexual. And there's a dance to organise, and dead bodies showing up. Oh, and Damon and Stefan are vampires.... Did I forget to mention that part?

Nom.

Then there is The Struggle, where Stefan is trapped down a well. Bonnie uses the magics to find Stefan. And then, to tie it into the series title, there is an actual diary, of Elena's, that contains information that looks super incriminating for Stefan, as it ties him to all of the murders that happen in The Awakening. And there is a struggle (get it!!) to find it, because Elena has lost it, the dumb tart. And Elena perfects her tart act, sharing blood with both Stefan and Damon, in secrets. The whole Damon love triangle thing heats up a bit here, as Elena tries to justify her blood sharing with Damon as necessary and her being under (very nice) duress and whatnot, as well as keeping it hidden from Stefan.

And there is this whole backstory stuff, that I am treating separately because I cant remember what bit is in what book. Basically, Elena just happens to look EXACTLY like the lovely Katherine, who Stefan used to wuv, about 500 years ago. And Damon used to wuv her too, so the whole thing is actually a love SQUARE, that is full of haunted memories and questionable motives behind various relationships. So Katherine wanted to have both of the brothers, in a very interesting sandwich type combo, and when they weren't onboard with that idea, she tops herself, and there is a lovely Shakespearean "They Fight. They Die." moment.

So, Elena is annoying, and the writing is shocking, but the story is fairly good. It does drag in places, but then it gets better in others. L. J. Smith is really good at ending a book at the bit where it gets good, so I did go straight from one book to the next with no pauses. L. J. Smith, you tease! Not a patch on the Tv series though.

The Awakening is a 4, and the Struggle is a 5, but I'm still glad I read them, and the next two, which I will be reviewing soon!

Showcase Sunday #7


Hello and welcome to Showcase Sunday. Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. It is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea.

Bought Books-
None! Self imposed buying ban begins.... now!

Borrowed Books
Celebrity in Death, by J. D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts)

Ebooks-
None!

What's been going on... and plans for this coming week.... 
Ah, I'm moving to London at the end of the month! *pulls stupidly excited face!!* Trying to decide what to pack in my one suitcase is going to take up most of my time over the next 3 weeks. This will mean facing the awful reality that I can't take ALL of my books with me!! *Sobs uncontrollably*. 
And last week I neglected blogging so much; I just couldn't seem to  write my Vampire Diaries review, and it threw my whole week off! But I am back, I am focused, and I am currently reviewing the bejesus out of the series.



So... Upcoming Reviews?
Yes!!! 
The Vampire Diaries Series books 1-4 (The Awakening, The Struggle, The Fury and The Reunion), by L. J. Smith
Rivers of London, by Ben Aaronovitch

What did everyone get their mits on this week? Let me know in the comments below.
Have a great week, and see you next weekend!!

Monday, 1 October 2012

Things I am loving... #2

Because sometimes, I do things other than read....

Technically this pic was from Coffee and Cake day
 which was last week, but I'm willing to ignore that.
This week I am loving...


Tea and Cake day!

Monday is Tea and Cake Day with the girls!
This event makes Mondays something to look forward to, rather than a nasty nasty start to the week. Then again, we are all currently barely employed, students, or working nights, so Monday morning isn't too terrifying a prospect anyway.