Thursday, 23 June 2016

5 Things I look for when Book Shopping!

Book shopping is one of my favourite things to do. Online, in store, it doesn't matter. I love looking at covers, reading blurbs, flicking through, scanning a page, looking at reviews, buying it, walking out of the store with my shiny new books or waiting patiently my the post box. But what do I look for when I'm book shopping? Here's 5 things...

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1. Radio hosts
I have a weird love for reading about radio hosts, specifically late night radio hosts. Maybe from my love for Frasier, and the feeling of quiet in the night. It's the main reason I picked up Eleven and the Kitty Norville books. Show me a book with a radio host and I'll probably buy it, they're unsurprisingly rare though.

2. My favourite authors
I posted about the authors where I own most of their books and when I'm book shopping I do find myself drifting towards them to fill out the gaps in my collection. When you're buying books, it can be comforting to know you like an authors writing style when you lay down the cash.

3. A recommendation
Recommendations come from all over the place; friends, family, bloggers, youtubers, the media. It can be tough to know who shares your taste until you've tried out a couple of their favourites. And I can't be the only one that sees a book while browsing and is like, 'Yes! Whoever loved this!' It's a slippery slope when you follow a lot of book blogs!

4. A good cover
I know. I know. Don't judge a book by it's cover and all that but really- those covers are the first thing you see when you look at a book. They're meant to represent the book inside so when I look at a book, I want a nice cover. I've loved books with ugly covers too but I don't actively seek them out when I'm shopping.

5. The next in a series
I love series. I think there's something wonderful about getting to visit the same world without the repetition that comes with re-reading. I love fresh plots while I spend time with my favourite characters and seeing how they change and grow over three, eight, even thirteen books. So if I have the beginning of a series and loved it, then I'll pick up the next book.

What do you look for when you book shop?

Monday, 20 June 2016

My Summer TBR!

According to the internet it is officially the beginning of Summer today! Happy Summer! Fun fact: Last time I wrote a blog post about books I wanted to read in Summer, I read one of the ten. Hopefully this will be more successful. I decided to do seasonal TBR's this Spring and really enjoyed it. No matter how unsuccessful I was. So here are my Summer picks...

There were a few books I didn't read in Spring that I still want to read; mainly The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Dominion by Jennifer Ridyard and John Connolly*, and the last two books in the Harper Connolly omnibus by Charlaine Harris. So they jumped from my Spring TBR to my Summer TBR.

In Spring I said I wanted to read the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, but after my Most Owned Authors post I decided it was time to re-read The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. I can't wait to revisit the world that was home when I was younger, and find out how it all ends.

I've been invited down to London for a pretty cool event and Jennifer L. Armentrout is going to be there! Problem: I've never read any of her books. But I do have one. So Obsidian is top of my list. I've actually been looking for a sign to pick this up so I have high hopes.

After re-reading most of The Walking Dead comics in Spring, I want to finish them and move on to re-read the novels. I've got Rise of the Governor and The Road to Woodbury, and after I read these I'm going to treat myself to the rest of the series. There's six books now, I feel like a bad Walking Dead fan for only having read two.

Speaking of zombies, World War Z by Max Brooks and Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier are both begging for a re-read. People named Max do seem to write the best zombie books!

I still have four books of the Princess Diaries series to read before I finish. I may be getting a little too old but I'm a completist and I never finished the series as a kid so I don't know how it ends. So Seventh Heaven, After Eight, To The Nines and Ten Out of Ten by Meg Cabot are going to be marathoned this Summer.

Gorilla Beach by Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi is probably the most mentioned un-read book on this blog. I wished for itgot ittalked about ittook it to Italy, but I've only read the first book in this duology. This Summer I'd like to actually read and review this book. It's getting a little ridiculous that I haven't.

I'm hoping (and I'm sure I'm going to kick myself for this when it comes to me Summer TBR wrap-up) to read at least 3 books/ 1000 pages a week over Summer. I love a challenge.

What's on your Summer TBR?

*I was sent this to review!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

My Spring TBR: End of the Season!

At the beginning of April I wrote a long ambitious Spring TBR. Unfortunately a lot of things got in the way of my reading over the season so I didn't get through as many of them as I wanted to. Some are going to be moved to my Summer TBR (coming Monday) but some are back on the bench. Let's have a look...

Terry Pratchett's Discworld series is still on my mind but I've been thinking about re-reading a different series and I don't like to have too may series on the go. I'll get to it! Maybe in Winter? I still need to figure out the order either way, so if anyone knows I'd love some help!

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is definitely joining my Summer TBR. I just bought the audiobook with Stephen Fry and Martin Freeman (haul coming soon) since I've been kind of getting back into audiobooks lately. So a friend and I are going to listen/ read it together!

The Blandlings Castle series by P.G. Wodehouse is back on the shelf for now, although I am really enjoying historical fiction lately... And don't even ask about Dominion by Jennifer Ridyard & John Connolly* though. I'm so ashamed I haven't got around to hit yet. Soon! I promise!

The One-In-A-Million Boy by Monica Wood* and This Must Be The Place by Maggie O'Farrell* were both picked up and I got about ten pages in before putting them back down. I could just tell they weren't for me, not at this moment in my life. But y'know, I thought the same about Tenacity this time last year so we'll see.

I did read Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen by Alison Weir! And boy, it took me over a month to get through. I loved it, don't get me wrong, but it was an intense read and took time. I'm definitely glad I don't have a big Goodreads reading challenge because I'm only at 29 and 7 were graphic novels/ comic books.

After my Books I 'Paused' in 2015 post I wanted to pick up Kit by Marina Fiorato* and The Long Way to a Small Angry Planey by Becky Chambers* again. They sat on my bedside table but I haven't got around to them yet. I still want to, they might not both join my Summer TBR though. 

The Harper Connolly Omnibus by Charlaine Harris** was actually the first from my Spring TBR that I picked up and I read two of the books before putting it back down. I'm liking them, I just took a break to read other things. I plan to finish them real soon and do a lil' giveaway too.

After finally getting over the truly awful Season 6 finale of the show, I picked up 5 hardcovers of The Walking Dead comic in Spring. I love The Walking Dead and after revisiting the comics, I think I prefer them to the show! At least dumb cliffhangers are resolved in a month.

Overall, I've seen more successful TBR's. I think 11+ books were too many. Hopefully Summers (coming Monday) will be better.
How was your reading in Spring?

*I was sent these books to review. I am not obligated to talk about them.
**I won this from Gollancz on Twitter

Friday, 17 June 2016

A Little Paperchase Haul!

I don't know a stationary addict that doesn't love Paperchase. So when I got an email through about a sale, plus my student discount and free shipping over £25- I bought a few things I had been eying up for a while! Who can resist? This is what I ended up with...

And how about a little more detail?

These fruit push pins are adorable! I love fruit and I really want to have a cork board above my desk, when I get a new one, for inspiration. There's 12 in the set and they're rubber so for the sale half-price of £2.50 for 12, I'm happy! I can't find these on the website but I bet there's still some in-store if you're lucky enough to live near one.

I use sticky notes a lot in my degree work for making new terms I've learned stand out or when I write something down that would be good in an assignment. So I picked up the on-sale Nordic Nights set and the Mystic Rose box which I can't find online, both at £3.50. I like to have options!

My next module has six parts so I ordered two sets of these Raindrops A6 exercise books- not realising that A6 wasn't half of A4 but I'm hoping they'll still work! If not, I always have a use for cute notebooks and at £5 for 3, they figure out at like £1.66 each.

Almost every best friend I have has a name beginning with A, which fits because they are A+ people, but it's pretty weird. I just seem to collect them. My own version of the A-Team. Either way, I saw this card and I actually have someone in mind for it so- Who is A? They'll know when they get the card.
Am I the only one that thinks that paper tapes are going to be writeable-on? Well, unfortunately these Spectroscope pastel paper tapes are not...

Kind of a bummer, but I'll find something to do with them. Any creative people or DIY gods with ideas, I'd love if you left a comment of what to do with all this tape!

Have you bought anything from Paperchase lately?

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