Tuesday, 31 January 2017

On Writing - January 2017


Hello, hello, and welcome to a new monthly feature here on the blog! I mentioned on my New Years Resolutions post that I wanted to diversify my content beyond the reviews, wrap ups and Top posts, and with me leaving Youtube I thought one of the easiest ways to do that would be to move my writing updates here.

It is also a way for me to actually make time to write, so I have something to show for it at the end of the month! Really, it's a win/win situation.

 
I'm borrowing Stephen King's writing craft book title for these updates, because 1) I'm awful at titles and 2) it's actually a great book and I recommend you check it out if you're a writer.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

I Dare You Book Tag


I've been tagged in several book tags over the time I've had the blog but, for some reason, I never got around to them... *hides in shame*

I used to do them all the time when I was still doing booktube, but I never got into doing the written version of them. So, here is my attempt at catching up with all the posts I've been tagged on by some very lovely people!

This first post will be the 'I Dare You' Book Tag, and I was tagged by Rachel over at Rustling Reads, so make sure you go and check her blog out!

This tag was created by BookFandom1001, and these are the very simple rules
  • You must be honest
  • You can't not answer a question
  • You have to tag at least four people

Let's see how this goes, shall we?

 
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Favorite Underrated Books - TOP 5 WEDNESDAY!


It's time for another Top 5 Wednesday!

I tend to think of myself as a pretty 'mainstream' reader: if I pick up a book, it's probably because I've seen a lot of people raving about it. I very rarely venture out and pick up a book that I haven't at least heard something about, but still, I have a couple of favourites that I have taken on as a mission to spread like wildfire because they certainly deserve more love than they get.

Soooo, here they are! (I'm always so awful at transitions. Let's ignore that.)

1. 'Afterworlds', by Scott Westerfeld


Every time I have a chance to try and convince people to read this book I take it, because I STILL BARELY SEE PEOPLE TALK ABOUT IT.

*ahem*

 I absolutely love the premise of this book, and how it manages to contain two stories: a contemporary about a girl who writes a NaNoWriMo novel and gets a book deal, and the fantasy book she wrote. Not only is it greatly written, but as an aspiring author it's also great inspiration!

Friday, 20 January 2017

'The One Memory of Flora Banks', by Emily Barr

Title: The One Memory of Flora Banks
Author(s): Emily Barr
Release Date: 12th January 2017
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Source: Publisher (ARC)

Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora's brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend's boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora's fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

With little more than the words "be brave" inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must "be brave" if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Favorite Polarizing Books - TOP 5 WEDNESDAY!


Hello, hello!

This is the first time I am doing Top 5 Wednesday here on the blog, as I used to do it over on my Youtube channel. It will now be a permanent fixture through written form, and every month I will pick my favorite topics either from this or Top Ten Tuesday, to help keep things interesting and varied.

This week the topic is polarizing books, and it will probably raise some discussions. These are the books that people either love or hate, no middle ground allowed. I see this happen quite a lot around YA books, since those are the ones I read the most, but it just seems that 'adult' books don't pull that kind of passionate dichotomy between readers.

I am thinking that the aim of this Top 5 is to choose books that we love in that situation, but I will also include the other end of the spectrum: books I did not like that everyone and their mothers rave about. Because I often find myself in that position...

With introductions done, lets jump right in!

1. 'Throne of Glass' series, by Sarah J. Maas


From the moment I read the first book in this series I felt like the odd one out. Yes, I had enjoyed the book, but I wasn't completely obsessed with it like a lot of people seem to be. Because of that, it took me ages to catch up, and it was when I got to 'Heir of Fire' that I just had to hit the breaks and get out of that mess of a car.

Reading that book just filled me such a rage that I very nearly gave up on it, and only didn't do it out of sheer stubbornness. I cannot believe how people can so fully support what is straight from the beginning a very abusive and problematic relationship, but I have seen a lot of 'blindness' regarding this. Other than that I got tired of seeing my favorite characters being killed off by the end, so I am very much out of this train now.

Friday, 6 January 2017

My 2017 Resolutions and Goals


A new year brings with it the possibility for a new beginning, and millions of people take with that the chance to better themselves, and decide on the things they are aiming to achieve in the next twelve months.

Now, I know I haven't done a post of this kind before (to be fair, since I started the blog in November of 2015, I would have only been able to do it once anyway), but I am all for new years resolutions. I know a lot of people hate them, because they are 90% forgotten by the time March comes (if not sooner), but even if I don't achieve them all, it is still a great, motivating way to start off the year. One of my favorite memories when it comes to this time of year was one time, years ago, when I decided to write down on a piece of paper all the things I wanted to do by the end of the year, even the ones that seemed impossible, and then hide it in a pocket of my wallet and make the pledge to not look at it again until the following New Years Eve. By that time I'd honestly forgotten some of what I had put in there, but I was surprised to see I had done them all, even the impossible ones. It was an amazing feeling and I would recommend anyone to do the same sometime, it's a lot of fun!

So this year I am doing yet another list, but, you know, here, for everyone to see. Most of these will be blogging related (hence the decision to make this post, since I'm not including making this a personal blog on the list) and relate to each other, and even the fact that I am making this post at all is already going along with one of those resolutions! Crazy, uh?


So, here are my 2017 resolutions and goals!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

December Wrap Up


The end of 2016 brought with it probably the most diversity in genres in my year of readings. I read contemporary, short stories, science fiction, non-fiction... and even a graphic novel! (amazing when you're running behind on your yearly reading goal).

I wasn't as prolific review wise in December as I decided to take a little break from blogging while I was away from uni (I'm about to go back and I am 100% not ready), so hopefully I will get back into the gear of things soon, but I will leave that for my 2017 Resolutions post coming later this week!

Without further ado, here are the last books I read in 2016!