TBR

May TBR

I have loads of books that I want to read this month and I don’t think I am going to be able to get to them all as they are quite chunky books. I have 7 books that I want to read plus the two that I am already reading.

Currently Reading:

 

The Heart's Invisible FuriesThe Inexplicable Logic of My LifeStrange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

I am 9% of the way through ‘The Hearts Invisible Furies’ and really enjoying what I have read and so sad already. I am listening to ‘The Inexplicable Logic of My Life’ on audible – I don’t tend to listen to audiobooks and I probably wont finish it this month but I am on Chapter 26. I am struggling to get in to ‘Strange The Dreamer’ I am on page 46 and it’s going slowly.

What I want to read in May:

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Crimson and Bone

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

Crazy House

The Names They Gave Us

Walking Barefoot

Ink (Skin Books, #1)

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

So that is my ambitious May TBR pile. I am going to give it my best shot. What’s on your TBR for May? Have you read any of these books?

Thanks for reading

Awards

Mystery Blogger Award

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Thank you to the two amazing ladies @Graphicnovelty2 for nominating me and my blog for this award. If you haven’t done so already, check out their blog as they have great post and reviews on comics.

Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. This award was created by Okoto Enigma

RULES

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

 

Three things about me:

  1. I have a Lion head Rabbit called Sir Nibblelot and I love him way more than I should (he is my fur baby)
  2. I don’t watch any TV apart from Game of Thrones and sometimes quiz shows.
  3. I am an old person in a young persons body

 

Five questions from the nominee:

1)  Who would play you in the movie of your life?

Keira Knightley

Kiera Knightley as she is beautiful and british, and I think she would play me well. This is actually a hard question when you have to think about it.

2) Where would you go if you had a two-week, all expense-paid vacation to anywhere in the world?

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Canada! I have wanted to visit for a long time now and would definitely be a trip of a lifetime for me. The landscapes and the views would just be incredible and I want to experience Poutine! Yes I pretty much think about food – but chips, cheese and gravy sounds awesome.

3) What do you love on your pizza? What do you absolutely LOATHE on your pizza?

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I do love a Dominoes and the topping of choice has to be Meat Feast! Sausage, pepperoni, ham and meatballs….it’s just happiness in your mouth – Sorry if the picture makes you hungry. Oh the worst topping would have to be anything fishy urgh! It shouldn’t be allowed!

4) What would your dream job be if money wasn’t an issue?

I would love to be a doctor! But it’s not just the money issue I would need to get a whole new brain too or train for like 20 years or I would like to get paid to read books ha ha who wouldn’t?

5) Who is the person who has shaped your life significantly?

Wow this is deep! My Grandma…RIP Grandma. She was a wonderful lady and was also a nurse, she was like a second mother and I actually moved in and lived with her for a few years. But she taught me never to give up and just keep trying. Plus she had a fantastic and wicked sense of humour (that’s where I get mine from ;))

My Nominees for the Mystery Blogger Award:

I am only going to nominate a few as 10-20 is overkill.

Krysti@yaandwine

Callum McLaughlin

Chris@fiveminutemoviereviews

Nova@Galaxylocks

Jessica@novelcravings

My questions to nominees:

  1. What was the last film you watched?
  2. What is your favourite series? eg, Game of Thrones, Dexter, Gilmore Girls?
  3. What food do you absolutely detest?
  4. If you could be famous, what would you be famous for?
  5. Something or someone you miss most from your childhood?

 

Thanks for reading

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TBR

February TBR

Now I am not going to make a massive TBR this month as well it’s the shortest month of the year and I am going to visit my parents during the month…as it’s my Birthday month. I had a really good reading month in January and hope to continue as I am two books ahead on my Goodreads goal.

Currently reading:

Aspect of Winter

I started reading this in January and only 25% of the way through it, I am just not sure about it at the moment. This is my first book for #beatthebacklist.

It’s hard enough being gay in high school, but Fay must also deal with hiding his magical ability—powers he barely understands and cannot possibly reveal. His best friend Sam is his only confidante, and even with her help, Fay’s life is barely tolerable.

Everything changes when Janus University, a college for individuals with magical capabilities, discovers the pair. When the university sends a student to test them, Fay and Sam, along with their classmate Tyler, are catapulted headfirst into a world of unimaginable danger and magic. Fay and Tyler begin to see each other as more than friends while they prepare for the Trials, the university’s deadly acceptance process. For the first time, the three friends experience firsthand how wonderful and terrible a world with magic can be, especially when the source of Fay’s power turns out to be far deadlier than anyone imagined.

Kids of Appetite

I only on page 47 of this book that I received from Bookbridgr and the publisher.I am not sure about it yet. But the formats it uses and the writing style is quick to read.

The bestselling author of Mosquitoland brings us another batch of unforgettable characters in this tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss.

Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

This is a story about:

1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.

 

Other books I plan on reading:

The Keeper of Lost Things

A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.

Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.

Bone china cup and saucer—

Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.

Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.

As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook.

Our Chemical Hearts

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.

Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

We Come Apart

From two acclaimed authors comes an emotional story told in verse about friendship, love, and overcoming unbeatable odds.

Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?
For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page.

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

Hopefully I will manage to read all these this month, I can’t make any promises though. What are you reading in February? Any of the same books as me?

Thanks for reading

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top 10 2016 · Uncategorized

My Top Reads of 2016

So the end of 2016 is nearing and I have managed to read 82 books this year. I had:

 17🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

27 🌟🌟🌟🌟

25 🌟🌟🌟

9 🌟🌟

4 DNF

So not a bad year reading wise. Some of these books were released in 2016 but the majority of them were released before. This is my top books this year.

This was my latest 5 star read and was a 2016 release. This book was magnificent and highly recommend it. I loved the writing style, the alternating POV’s and the back stories of the minor characters.Nicola Yoon manages to make make insta-love not insta-love.

I loved Ms Marvel. This is probably the best comic that I have read. The characters were so fleshed out, it didn’t jump back and forth or get confusing like other comics. The art style was amazing. This is a great starter comic for people looking to try them out for the first time. In my eyes this did no wrong and need to get my hands on volume 2.

I can imagine that this is going to be on a lot of people lists but for good reason. Sarah J Maas has a great imagination and likes to put a lot of twists and turns into her books which leave you wanting more. Plus the intense relationships in these books has you hooked. She was a new to me author this year and I have thoroughly enjoyed them. This book is bordering on new adult so would suggest for older teens and above.

This was a 4-4.5 🌟🌟🌟🌟 for me but it has really made a lasting impression and I  think about it a lot. This is a new adult Dystopian and really good.

Oh God this book! It made me laugh and it made me cry…it was bloody fantastic. I loved the family dynamics, the banter and that it felt very British. Obviously it covers a very serious topic of paraplegia and rights/welfare. All round amazing.

I wasn’t sure about this book at first. I put it off as I didn’t think it would be something I would like… I was totally wrong. This was awesome. Alternative history,a motorcycle race and a badass female protagonist is what made this book brilliant. I read Iron for Iron this year which is a novella following Luka Lowe and what happened between him and Adele. I will be reading Blood for Blood in 2017.

This has to be my favourite of the year. Another book I wasn’t too sure if I was going to like or not. There are references to 80’s pop, tv and gaming culture that leaves you nostalgic. Great world building and great characters. Looking forward to the movie adaptation.

This was another 2016 release and a new to me author aswell. I can’t believe that this book is based on the biggest maritime disaster  and I had not heard of it before. I really appreciated the different nationalities and that the 4 main characters had very different circumstances.

I was recommended this book and loved it. I loved that it had alternating POV’s but they were from different times. I actually hugged this book after finishing and wanted to read all over again.

  Another comic to go on the list. I loved all the women, they were sassy with incredible sense of humour, they were different race,sexual it and all different shapes. Definitely worth the read.

bookhaul · colouring

Adult colouring books 

So as my new craze is adult colouring books, I thought I would share my collection and some of my complete pictures with you guys 😊

These books are great for relaxation,especially if you suffer from anxiety or depression. I find when I am colouring my mind just thinks about things and when finished my mind is clear. I can spend hours with these books. Just to let you know I am one of the least creative people you will meet, I don’t do shading and I 99% of the time will use felt tips. You don’t have to be amazing at colouring to enjoy these and I even go out of the lines and will have white patches😶.

So I have quite a few books here, my obsession is almost as bad as reading books.

This is from Querkles by Thomas Pavitte. This is a colour by number and makes me feel very artistic.

This is from colour quest by Joanna Webster. The great thing about this book is that you have no idea what you are coloring until the picture starts forming and there is perforated edges so you can display your masterpieces.

This is the Johanna BAshford collection. We have Magical jungle, Enchanted Forest and Lost Ocean. These books are beautiful as the pictures are very intricate.

This is an incomplete picture from the Lost  Ocean and as you can see it has a lot to colour in and small parts that will need finer tipped pens.


I have yet to colour any of these pics in of this book but there is plenty of time. This book is not as intricate as the others and has larger scale pictures.

And then there is the pocket version! This one just consists of patterns, lines and swirls.

These are the pens that I use. They are a bit on the expensive side but they are really good for the Johanna BAshford books and Amazon tend to do great deals on them👍

So this my friends is why my reading has dramatically slowed down in the last month or so.

Happy colouring x

Awards

Real Neat Blog Award

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So,  a long time ago I was nominated by the lovely Jasmine@howusefulitis for this award and thought it was about time I accepted and answered the questions.

Rules:

1. Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you.

2. Answer the seven questions set to you.

3. Create seven questions for your nominees.

4. Nominate seven other bloggers.

The Questions:

1) Do you have a snack with you while you read?

No, I am really messy! plus I have to focus on eating or reading. I can’t do both!

2) Do you ask your real life friends to read more books just because you love to read?

Yes I have started doing this,I generally start off asking them what they last read and go from there. My work colleagues are very patient and will let me fangirl for about 10 minutes before they shut off.

3) Do you memorize quotes from your favorite books?

No, I am rubbish I never remember quotes, I  just about remember what I read.

4) How many books do you have on your nightstand right now?

5! Two of them I have read.

5) Why is it that you like to read?

To escape, to travel to a different place,to see the world through different peoples eyes and because I enjoy it.

6) Do you read one book from beginning to end before start a new one?

I used to, but now I will have 3 books on the go at one time.

7) What is your favorite book of all time?

Jasmine you are evil! I can’t choose just one.This year I have read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and Me before you by Jojo Moyes and would say they are in my top 10.

My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite book series?
  2. Who is your favourite Game Of Thrones Character?
  3. What is you favourite classic?
  4. Other than reading what other hobbies do you have?
  5.  How do you organise your bookshelves?
  6. What are you currently reading?
  7. Where did you last go on holiday/vacation

Nominations:

kdrewthebookworm

thejouskablog

thekenyanlibrary

Greenonionblog

deidraalexander

Thegeekyauror

bookcomablog

Awards

Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award

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It’s been a long time since I had an award and I have been meaning to do this post for a very long time. I was tagged by the lovely Kendra @readsandtreats. If you haven’t done so already go and check out her blog.

There are some rules as with all the awards and they are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post
  • Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided
  • Nominate ten other bloggers (or up to 10)
  • Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nominations

 

My Questions

 

Are there any special circumstances regarding your name? (For instance, my middle name is a mixture between my aunt’s middle name and my great-grandma’s middle name).

Not really, the only thing I know about my name is that my dad wanted to call me Marie and my mum wanted to call me Louise or vice versa (I can’t remember) So I have both names. Also if I was to be a boy I would have been called Neville! (Thank god I wasn’t a boy!)

 

What book do you think I absolutely need to read?

If you haven’t already read it then Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Favourite of 2016…so far) or Into The Fire by Michele G Miller.

 

Pick your favorite song from your childhood. What is it?

I am not sure if this supposed to be a nursery rhyme but it’s not for me. Growing up in the 90’s with young parents I listened to a lot of dance and cheesy pop and my favourite has to be Scatman and I still love it! to everyone’s disappointment.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

It has to be my daughter! When she is asleep (This is when she looks most angelic)I can’t believe I created something so beautiful and clever and it makes my mind boggle that she is a pretty decent kid.

What’s your favorite fruit?

Mango Mango Mango – yeah I like Mango, It’s so juicy and refreshing and zingy and I pretty much like anything Mango Flavoured especially Rubicon Sparkling Mango.

Night or day?

Day – I don’t like the dark, scary things happen when it’s dark!

Do you believe in horoscopes? If so, why? If not, why not?

I am not sure – sometimes I think yeah my personality traits seem on point but I don’t know . I just don’t understand how the planets, suns and stars can determine your fortune.

What was your first car? If you haven’t had one yet, which one would you like, within reason?

My very first car was bottle green Peugeot 106 Diesel, it was my Grans and she gave it to me for passing my test and plus she hated driving it.

Who is your favorite singer/band?

OOOH this is a hard one – I am one of those people who will listen to what is in the charts at the time and not really listen to albums that much. But I have listened to Sia’s album and really enjoyed that.

Are you a dog or a cat person? Or neither?

100% Dog! They are so affectionate and cuddly and playful. I want a cockapoo but I am not allowed one anymore 😦 . I used to have a Golden Retriever called Henry and he was the most amazing dog.


Questions for my nominees:

  1. What was the last book you read?
  2. What’s your favourite cartoon character, and why?
  3. What’s your pet peeve?
  4. Do you have a talent, and if so what.
  5. What is your favourite book genre?
  6. If you could have an endless supply of food what would it be?
  7. What was the last book you DNF’d?
  8. How would you spend One Millions pounds or Dollars?
  9. Would you rather be invisible or be able to read minds?
  10. If you could live in any period of history, when would it be?

My Nominees:

A strangers guide to novels

Sammie@bookshelvesandbiros

Hannah@thebookllama

Lola@hitormissbooks

Anya@longstoryshort

embuhleelist

Nova@confessionsofaliteraryaddict

Madelaine@thebookknight

Emma@emdoesbookreviews

Sophie@wishblog

As always please feel free to ignore if you don’t want to participate but it would be good to read your answers.