Friday, 21 April 2017

Book Unhaul #1

One of my 2017 Reading Goals was to replace some of the books in my collection that I'm no longer interested in, with books I am. My thought process so far is to have a one in, ten out kind of balance to really refine down my shelves so today I'll be showing you the first 10 books I'm saying goodbye to. I don't know what I'll be replacing them with yet but I'm starting a post-it note with a proud little count of how many books I owe myself.



Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Don't panic! This is one of about four copies I own and I really don't need a pilfered school edition that I never actually read and dates back to 1987.

Private, Invitation Only, Untouchable, Confessions and Inner Circle by Kate Brian
I lived the horrors of all-girls school so I have no idea why I felt the need to read about it in my youth. Enid Blyton just made me idealise boarding schools, I guess. These are being passed on to Lauren who is in the mood to read a trashy teen book.

This Raging Light by Estelle Laurie
I read this almost a year ago and didn't really rate it. I'm also passing this onto Lauren and I'm really interested to hear her thoughts though. She's an elder sister like the character in the book and might empathise more than me, a younger sister.

Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas
I rarely re-read mysteries, and I can't see myself re-reading this mystery since I really didn't think it was that good. I hate when things that the first person narrator knows are kept from the reader deliberately to create a twist.

The Glam Guide by Fleur De Force*
I liked this book! But it's one of those instructional books that once you've read it and adopted the parts that you want to into your life, you don't need the book anymore. So I'm also passing this onto Lauren who I'm sure will like it.

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola*
As beautiful as this book is, and seriously- look at that cover, I didn't connect with the characters in any real way. I have to balance out books that are pretty with books that I want to read but don't own yet. My sister-in-law is kindly taking this off my hands as she likes the occasional historical fiction so I'm looking forward to hearing her opinion.
Do you unhaul books? What do you do with them?

*These books were sent for review

Monday, 17 April 2017

Books I Read in March!

So I actually read some books in March! After my first no-book month of the three years of Imogen's Typewriter back in February I was pretty ready to read some dang books. Admittedly, three isn't the best number but heck, the Alison Weir novel is over 500 pages. I'm happy with my little pile.



Southern Spirits by Angie Fox
I hate reading ebooks. I get migraines so I try to avoid looking at tiny words on my phone screen for very long. However, I had a migraine-free day in March and decided to risk it and try to start an ebook. Night Shift on, brightness turned way down, I was ready. And I ended up reading Southern Spirits in one day. One dang day. I flew through it. I've had it for a while as it was free on iBooks but never really dived in. But it was so fun and hit those paranormal cosy crime vibes for me, while still being a super imaginative set-up for the main character and the rest of the series. I'm not sure if I'll pick up the next book- just because I'm trying to cut down my TBR and read books that I already own, but this really made a boring day very fun.


The White Road by Sarah Lotz*
Oh boy. Sarah Lotz is back and knocked this one out of the park! It wasn't quite The Three, which I hold up to impossible standards, but it was miles above Day Four. I'll post a full review nearer to the 4th of May release date. A welcome addition to my shelves.


Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession by Alison Weir*
This is being published on the 18th of May so I'll post my full review around about then. But in short,  Alison Weir blew it out of the park again for me and I'm counting down the days until I can get my hands on the beautiful hardcover to match Katherine of Aragons.


2017 Reading Challenge: 9/80 (I really need to catch up!)

What did you read in March?

Friday, 14 April 2017

On being Busy and Lost

It's been pretty quiet on this blog of mine for the past couple months, eh? In fact, between this blog and my previous blog- four blog posts in two months may actually be my least in over six years. So I thought about all the posts I could write today; the books I read in March, or the ones I took on holiday, my recent unhaul, or a review. But instead, I wanted to write this...



I told you in my 2017 goals that I wanted to find a balance with everything in my life, and to update you more, so I can say pretty honestly that I haven't found that balance yet. In fact, I've felt even more out of centre. I've fallen behind on university work so working on assignments is harder than it needs to be, I'm in a reading slump, I have a throat infection and I'm just generally feeling lost. I know logically that I want to do things like blog, study, write and read. It's just hard.

So this isn't an apology, because realistically I don't think bloggers should apologise for taking breaks or not posting. It's a- hey, stuff is kinda happening right now and I'm working on it. And commiserations if you're going through the same thing.

"The Past is gone and can no longer hurt you. And though the Future is fast coming for you, it always flinches first and settles into the gentle Present." - Welcome to Night Vale

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Book Review: Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier

Anyone who knows me, knows that Zombies are kind of my thing. I find them fascinating. In The Walking Dead, it's been said that the zombies outnumber the survivors 5000:1 so by that logic there would only be 13,000 people left alive in the UK. The answer to the question- Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? For me, is no. But I wanted to explore every option...


Hours of bone-crunching zombie action with 100 paths and 50 endings to choose from. Inside these pages lies unspeakable horror. Bloodsplattering, brain-impaling, flesh-devouring horror. You’ve probably read your fair share of zombie stories. 

But this time it’s different. No longer can you sit idle as a bunch of fools make all the wrong moves. All hell is about to break loose—and YOU have a say in humanity’s survival.

In Max Bralliers Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book, you're a 25 year old male in Manhattan. And it's time for you to take control. Much like the Walking Dead video game, every decision has consequences down the storyline. But it's more obvious than the game, where every little thing might come back to bite you. The decisions can be a little ham-fisted with their obviousness of good/ bad/ silly. 

There was definitely a lot of enjoyment to get out of this book though. I liked a lot of the secondary characters that were introduced- from the Hells Angels to the childhood sweetheart. It really did vary wildly depending on what path you took, but there was probably 4-5 main branches of the story that then had their own offshoots.

I would've liked a little more fear- the writing didn't really hit that note for me, and a little more of that long-run survivalist side to zombies that World War Z by Max Brooks does so well. But hey!  Overall, this was a fun read! 

But a tricky one. If you're like me and want to know how every storyline ends then I recommend you arm yourself with some sticky notes and a method of keeping track. For that reason, I'm not sure I'll be looking out for more of this style of book. At least not until I read one of those infuriating books where every choice the main character makes is so obviously wrong and I need to take back some control! As the book says; "no longer do you get to sit back and watch as a bunch of fools make all the wrong moves."


To stay alive you need to think. One mistake, you're history. And not the good history- not the kind that ends up in a middle school textbook- the bad kind, the forgotten kind.

Have you read a Choose-your-own-Adventure book?

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