On my super late June wrap up and being a horrible blogger.

“Halt you Villains, unhand that science!”
-Noelle Stevenson, Nimona

S’up internet?!
Yup, you read that title right.
June wrap up!
I’ve finally pulled my head out my ass long enough to post it.
And it’s only a month late. Party!
I say that’s a win on my part.
I know, I get it, I’m a horrible blogger.
Outlander happened.
A RuPaul marathon happened.
Pokemon Go happened.
The elusive sunshine in Scotland phenomenon happened.
There was supposed to be time…
Where did all my time go?!

Whatever. I’m over it. On with the reading.
June started off so horribly horrible.
I DNF’d a book.
Which I rarely do.
However, I absolutely loved everything else I read.
And I managed to conquer a few monsters that were lurking in my TBR.
Le’s go.

Just a little late June in Review
Book summaries are provided in the links.

The Falconer by Elizabeth May
the falconerI wanted to like this.
I wanted to like this so freaking bad, honestly.
It’s set in Scotland – woop, home town represent – it’s steampunk, it’s a faery story…
What’s not to love?!
Don’t get me wrong, I adored the premise of this book. The story was really intriguing, the setting was cool – it’s flippin’ Edinburgh man, that’s just awesome – the monsters and action were cool and I sort of loved how drawn I was to the male lead, Kieran.
In saying that, I just couldn’t seem to get along with Elizabeth May’s writing.
I really disliked the female lead. I realise I have a problem with a lot of female leads, but it’s only because I have such high expectations for them. Aileana, in my opinion had such a weak voice for narration. She came across as stubborn and childish and in no way as bad ass as her actions actually made her.
Her incessant inner monologuing and repetitive narrative slowed the story progression to a near halt. On top of that, we had the horrible, cringe worthy – oh my sweet Stevie Nicks, I want to rip my eyes out so I don’t have to read it anymore – Scottish-isms. Maybe it’s because I AM Scottish, but the authors insistence with the constant barrage of Gaelic (which was for no reason, other than to point out how “knowledgeable” the author was, always in italics) and Scottish slang just had me wanting to curl up into a cringe ball and cry forever while consuming copious amounts of shortbread.
Okay so, maybe she got one Scottish trait right.
Shortbread fudging rocks!
As does fudge.
Mmm, fudge…
I don’t know. I didn’t hate this story, but it took me weeks to force myself to read two-thirds into it, and by that time, I decided to DNF it.
Maybe I’ll go back to it one day, I just feel maybe now wasn’t the right time for this one.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
the final empireI actually started reading this book way back in February of last year. I got roughly one hundred pages from the end and, for reasons unbeknownst to me, I stopped.
I think maybe I’m crazy.
I’m definitely looking in to it.
At that time, I was highly recommending this series to a friend of mine, and
he finally picked it up last month. Result!
I got pumped to go back and re-read, and this time finish the first book, so I downloaded the audiobook on my audible app to catch up. By the time I finished (listening at 1.7x speed fyi) he had finished the entire series. Eff you Richard, you marathoning, quick reading son of a biscuit.
Anyway, I loved this book. The hype was most assuredly deserved on this one.
The narrative was so strong and the world building was spectacular and the magic system was the cats pyjamas.
Side note, Carrie, if you’re reading this, I insist you get Gaje, Lucy and Myst some pj’s.
The characters were just the greatest; Kelsir was the coolest: The crew were all totally unique and thought out: Vin was actually really freaking cool.
Can I keep saying how cool this was.
This was so cool.
Easily a 5 star for me.
I try not to marathon series, but I’m seriously tempted to get the rest of the series on audible and just go for it.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
15441253._SY540_Okay.
This book.
Originally I gave this a 4 star rating on goodreads.
After reading it, I remember I liked it a lot.
But as of right now, I can’t really remember a thing that happened.
I remember the basic plot, I remember some of the characters and how it ended in the weirdest way.
But I can’t really remember any big moments or quotes or even if Cal and Mare were a thing?!
Obviously, being forgettable isn’t great, so I’ma have to bump this one down to 3 stars.
I would give it a lower rating, considering I forgot I had even read it until I checked my goodreads read list, but I do know that at the time, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
nimona-noelle-stevenson1Aaaah Nimona.
What a small ray of toasty sun light this was in the midst of all the huge, epic high fantasy shenanigans I found myself caught up with in June.
Nimona was so flippin’ adorable.
The character that is.
She was roguish and playful and super fun to read about.
With Blackheart, the ‘villain’ being the level-headed recluse, and Goldenloin (yes, that is his name) the ‘hero’ being the morally ambiguous yes-man of the governing force in the story, I loved how this took the whole ‘hero/villain’ dynamic and totally flipped it on its head.
And I totally lived for the back story between these two.
While reading I kept thinking “were they… hmm”
And they totally were.
Read it. You’ll get it.
I can’t say enough great things about this graphic novel. The characters were great and well-rounded for such a short comic, the art work was simple yet fun and totally in keeping with the tone of the story.
This was such an easy 5 stars for me, i devoured this in two sittings because I just couldn’t put the dang thing down.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson
lumberjanes vol 1FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!
So I thought I loved Nimona (which I do)… until I read this.
Sdlubfwliu!
Oh gosh, I think this might be my new favourite comic series. Or one of the top three at least.
Top two maybe.
This was the most fun I’ve ever had reading a comic book.
I was literally laughing out loud at a few parts and smiling through the rest.
The artwork was simplistically gorgeous and colourful and a pleasure to gawk at.
The story was adventurous and whimsical and the characters were all utterly charming and loveable.
Though I think April may be my favourite.
Actually I think I may actually BE April, crazy upper arm strength and all. Working in a department store warehouse for five years does crazy things to your strength.
I totally lift bruh!
I adore the message of Friendship and adventure and togetherness this comic promotes, and with all the Pokemon Go adventures my friends and I have had recently it’s meant so much more to me reading this.
As of now, I’ve already finished Vol. 2 (Which I’ll talk about in my July wrap up in 20 months time) and I have Vol. 3 ordered and I can’t wait to read it.
Obviously 5 totally rad stars for these girls.

The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
the name of the windI did it…
I finally did it…
I finished The Name of The Wind!
This took me SOOO long to finish.
Longer than I care to admit.
I would read a good few chapters, get totally bummed out by how sad and tragic his life was as a child, then hide the book for days until I could look at it again without crying like a baby.
This book did a number on me!
But boy did I love it.
Kvothe just stole my heart.
I love me a fiery redhead.
I’ve never wanted someone to succeed as much as I wanted Kvothe to kick ass and show everyone up. Honestly I just wanted to adopt him and tell him everything would be okay and make him tea and feed him cookies.
I really liked how the magic system worked more like a scientific phenomenon than a fantastical elemental force. Even the appearance of what seemed to be a dragon was explained in a way that made it seem so natural and believable in our own world.
The more I think back on this book, the more and more I love it.
For some reason it’s really stuck with my since I finished it. It brought out so many emotions and resonated with me so much that I can’t help but bump up my original rating from a 4 to a 4.5 star.
Why a 4.5 and not a 5 you ask?
I loved this so much, BUT it was so hard going in the beginning and it was an awkward story to initially get into, but once I did, I was hooked.

I’ma just say it. I’m super proud that I conquered both Name of The Wind and The Final Empire in the same month.
That was some heavy reading!
I found new muscles in my arms just from holding these bad boys.
Have you read any of these?
What did you think?
Will I be able to post my July wrap up in the month of July?!
Who knows. Stick around. You’ll find out.
Maybe…

Peace out
xoxo


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On overcoming writing fears

“To escape fear, you have to go through it, not around.”
– Richie Norton

S’up internet?!
You may have noticed, I’ve been a little absent this past two weeks.
I have reasons, I swear.
On the sixteenth of June, my best friend of twenty-one years married the love of her life.
It was beautiful. It was hilarious. It was emotional. It was exhausting.

bouquet

I was a bridesmaid you see, and my boyfriend Ben, he was best man.
Now our friends who were married, they’re possibly the most relaxed people in the world.
They didn’t care about wedding traditions or expectations. They just wanted to be married and have a fun evening with their friends and family.
However, a few expectations needed to be met to appease the parentals, and that meant a Best Man speech!

Ben isn’t a public speaker.
Ben is barely comfortable in his own skin.
He wanted to do it, he didn’t want to let the Bride and Groom down, but his nerves kept getting the better of him.
I decided the best way to support him, was to offer to do a speech of my own.
And so, I wrote something. And read that something aloud, to room of fifty people.

signing wedding

Ben (not photographed above btw, this was the second bridesmaid) was up first.
His nerves were totally getting the better of him, his hands were shaking, his heart was racing, and when he stood up; he killed it.
He was amazing.
He was funny and witty and charming and had the crowd roaring with laughter, and I couldn’t have been more proud of him for over coming his fears.

Then there was me. Short answer, I kind of bombed.
I was so preoccupied with all the other wedding preparations and supporting Ben that I hadn’t even taken a moment to think that I was about read, out loud, something which I had personally written.
That little fact only dawned on me when I realised that I was up next.
I was deathly pale, I had cold sweats, I was shaking like a leaf, and I sort of vomited a little in my mouth – gross, I know, I’m sorry.
I couldn’t make eye contact with anyone, I couldn’t read from my speech because my vision had become so clouded I couldn’t make out the words.
I had to wing it, relying mostly on my horribly fractured memory.
But you know what? I did it.
I stood up, alone, in a room of fifty odd people, and I read my own words, even if I did stumble all over them.
I did it. And I couldn’t be happier, even if it was a disaster.

mirror

I’ve had a crazy busy work schedule since that day. I currently in the middle of a solid 14 day work stint without a day off. This morning was actually my first opportunity for a lie in, and I still woke up at six am -damn you internal clock.
The point is; hey, I’m back. And better yet, I’ve started writing something. Something I fully intend to start posting here within the next few weeks.
If I can bomb while reading aloud to a room of people, I can bomb online while cowering under a blanket on my couch.
I’ve faced my fear and, even though it was bad, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

Peace out
xoxo


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On the 3 Days, 3 Quotes tag // Day Three

S’up internet?!
So I was nominated by both of these lovely ladies: Hollie @hollieblog & Kourtni @kourtnireads.
Thank you so much for the nomination guys:)
Check out their blogs in the links provided if you haven’t already.
I’ve decided to post quotes from my three favourite reads of this year so far.
Here’s the third and final.
Spoooooilers ahead.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
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“My mate. Death incarnate. Night triumphant.”

Unlike Queen of Shadows, this book is too danged quotable!
I took forever choosing which one I liked the most, because I’m just so in love with the text as a whole.
But Rhys…
Rhys!
Why don’t you exists?
I went from just finding him somewhat interesting in the last book, to loving him in this.
No one has ever risen to the ranks of ‘book boyfriend-dom’ so quickly.
It’s actually quite impressive.

Although there are a million quotes out there probably better than this, I sort of love how short and punchy this is.
Quick, simple, determined and totally to the point.
No justification needed. No need to explain away how powerful he is or how much she loves him. Just six, beautiful words.
Rhys!


For the final time
I tag
Caitlin and/or Cynthia @shelfiepodcast
Helen @bibliophileinwonderland
Amylee @thebooklagoon

The Rules
1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.


And that concludes this 3 days, 3 quotes challenge.
I hope I inspired some of you to pick up these books again, or for the first time.
I myself, am currently listening to both Carry On and ACOMAF on audiobook.
Will my obsession with either of these ever end?
Can I have a ‘Jodi Picoult – Off the Page’ situation with either Rhys or Rowan?
That’d be great, thanks (if a little terrifying.)

Peace Out
xoxo


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On The 3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag // Day Two

S’up internet?!
So I was nominated by both of these lovely ladies: Hollie @hollieblog & Kourtni @kourtnireads.
Thank you so much for the nomination guys:)
Check out their blogs in the links provided if you haven’t already.
I’ve decided to post quotes from my three favourite reads of this year so far.
Here’s the second one.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
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He shifted his arm so he could brush her hair back. His fingers lingered along her jaw. “You make me want to live, too, Aelin Galathynius,” he said. “Not exist—but live.” He cupped her cheek, and took a steadying breath—as if he’d thought about every word these past three days, over and over again. “I spent centuries wandering the world, from empires to kingdoms to wastelands, never settling, never stopping—not for one moment. I was always looking toward the horizon, always wondering what waited across the next ocean, over the next mountain. But I think … I think that whole time, all those centuries, I was just looking for you.”

I will go down with this ship so hard!
I don’t understand why more people don’t ship them. It’s the only relationship in the series that hasn’t driven me crazy.
Rowan fangirls, back me up here…
You know, as much as I loved this book, I really struggled to find a quote for this.
This book is pretty un-quotable and that just seems really weird to me.



I tag
Maja @bookishaddict
@bookishdaayla
The Cap’n @thecaptainsquartersblog
If you have already done this (or not) feel free to ignore the tag:)

The Rules
1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.


Empire of Storms, I need you in my life.
I don’t think I’ve been so pumped for a book in a while.
I may just hibernate until release day.

Peace out
xoxo


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On the 3 Days, 3 Quotes tag // Day one

S’up internet?!
So I was nominated by both of these lovely ladies: Hollie @hollieblog & Kourtni @kourtnireads.
Thank you so much for the nomination guys 🙂
Check out their blogs in the links provided if you haven’t already.
I’ve decided to post quotes from my three favourite reads of this year so far.
Here’s the first one.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
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I let myself slip away… Just to stay sane. Just to get through it. And when I felt myself slipping too far, I held on to the one thing I’m always sure of – Blue eyes. Bronze curls. The fact that Simon Snow is the most powerful magician alive. That nothing can hurt him, not even me. That Simon Snow is alive. And I’m hopelessly in love with him.

Carry On was the first book I read this year, and after reading this particular line, it was all over. I was totally addicted, and am still to this day.
I was stuck choosing between two quotes from this book.
So I’m going to be a little naughty; I’m going to post the second quote too. Only because I can’t talk about Carry On and not mentioning this line.

For a moment — not even a moment, a split second — I imagine him saying, ‘The truth is, I’m desperately attracted to you.’ And then I imagine myself spitting in his face. And then I imagine licking it off his cheek and kissing him. (Because I’m disturbed. Ask Anyone.)

Baz may just be my Spirit Animal.


I tag
Ara @The Bookish Agenda
Casey @adoptabookaus
Morgan @Happily Ever Bookish
If you have already done this (or not) feel free to ignore the tag 🙂

The Rules
1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.


Is anyone else as addicted to this book as I am?
This thing took over my entire life.
I’m getting a tattoo. For real.

Peace out
xoxo


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On my issue with monthly TBRs

“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it.”
– C. JoyBell C.

S’up internet?!
I’ve been experiencing a bit of a dilemma this week.
After posting my monthly wrap up, I set about drafting a post about my TBR for the month of June, and you know something? I just can’t do it.

I mentioned in an earlier post about reading challenges, how I can’t force myself to meet some of the requirements to complete the list – I’m talking about you political manifesto!
As I sat looking at my books, planning what I would read two-three weeks from now, I realised how stubborn I am when it comes to being told what to do.
Yes, even if I’m telling myself to do something, I’m reluctant to do it.
I’m sure there’s some sort of psychological problem buried there…

When I read, I like the journey that comes with it. I like not knowing what’s going to happen next, and if I plan out my reading expedition for the month, the adventure sort of loses it’s sparkle.
Who can say what I’ll be in the mood for next week. Right now I’m thinking Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, but come tomorrow, I may want to try Percy Jackson or Miss Peregrine or Shatter Me.
The possibilities are endless and that’s what excites me about reading.
That’s the magic of adventure.

This week I’ll finish off The Falconer by Elizabeth May and The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.
Next week; who knows.
What are your reading plans for the month?
Or, are you like me and have no plan?

Peace out
xoxo


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On May Wrap Ups and Book Hangovers.

“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”
– Sarah J Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

S’up internet?!
Can you believe we’re at the end of May already?!
Time really does fly when you’re having fun I guess.
And this month has been pretty hectic, for sure.

Through Birthdays, bridesmaids obligations, setting up new tech and working two jobs, I’ve had the smallest amount of reading time this month.
I did, however – thankfully – manage to get through four books this month, two of which were biggies so I’m pretty happy with that.
All in all I’ve had a pretty great reading month.
I loved most of what I’ve read, and liked the other so, no real complaints here.

Mildly spoilerific May in review

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Hush,hush
I had a somewhat love/hate relationship with Hush, Hush, and Becca Fitzpatrick style in general. I liked the premise of the book; fallen angels, high school angst, forbidden love.
What I had a problem with was the execution.
Nora Grey has to be thee second worst female protagonist ever –  the first will always, and forever belong to Anna Steel! (Was that even her name? I don’t much care.)
I can’t even pinpoint what annoyed me so much about Nora, I think, maybe because she was bland and stereotypical; maybe because she was extremely flippant.
“I think this boys trying to kill me! He’s such an arrogant ass! Oh but, he’s kind of cute… I hate him! But I’ll spend all my time with him anyway.”
I just… I can’t put up with this nonsense, I’m in my twenties! Have mercy.
On the other hand, I sort of loved the character Patch. He was cocky and brazen and absolutely the type of character I love reading about. What can I say, I love a bad boy.
The story itself was filled with ridiculous plot holes and horribly unrealistic characters, I mean I know this is a story about fallen angels and all, but your human characters still have to react like a human being, not a robot. Nora’s best ‘friend’ was a raging biatch, who was not only shallow and somewhat self centred, but never had her friends back ethier; sisters before misters Vee, come on. And don’t even get me started on the police!
I know I’m ragging on this a lot, but in the end, I actually quite liked this book. The story was at least mildly entertaining and I loved Patch enough to want to read the next one.
I rated this one 2.5 stars. Not the worst thing I’ve read, but I’m sure glad I loaned this out from the Library instead of buying.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Days of blood and starlight
Now this is how you write a story about Angles.
Laini Taylor has to have thee most beautiful and haunting writing style I’ve ever had the pleasure of devouring.
I won’t say too much as this is the second in the trilogy, and a prime example of how a series doesn’t have to suffer from second book slump syndrome.
Alluringly macabre, this story had me hooked from beginning to end, I loved, I laughed, I cried, I gasped, I broke my heart.
The characters were fantastic and I found myself even loving moments with characters I hated, because the villains were so well put together. And the world building; even better!
Badass warrior angels; loving and compassionate beast like Chimera; girls with naturally blue hair; a tortured romance like no other… I gave this a solid 4.5 stars. I seriously loved this book, the only downfall for me was a few angst moments with Karou, but under the circumstances, I’m sure she can be forgiven.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
queen of shadows
This series!
I can’t get over how far this series has come since Throne of Glass.
The story progression was incredible in this one and I loved every moment of it. The characters were incredible and I couldn’t get enough reading more about the newer characters that were introduced in Heir of Fire.
I loved the interactions with Aelin and her cousin Aedion, I loved Manon’s development with the thirteen, I loved the inclusion of Arobynn, I loved Lysandra and I love love loved Rowan’s parts in this!
I know a lot of people who don’t agree with the whole Rowan situation, but I can honestly say this is the first time I haven’t been pissed off with a romantic subplot in this series.
All aboard Team Rowan, I’m captaining this ship.
5 stars, September can’t come quick enough for me, I didn’t have a bad thing to say about this one.

A Court of Mist and Fury
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Why do you do this to me Sarah?
I have fallen into the biggest book hangover after finishing this on Friday.
Carry On was my favourite read so far this year, and this has just surpassed it, by a long shot.
For me, this series is Tolkien on crack. The perfect blend of high fantasy, action/suspense and romance. It’s like Maas peered into my soul and gave me the perfect book.
In fact, this story was so good, I handed it over to a friend earlier to read a passage, a friend who does NOT read, and she wouldn’t put it down.
The world is perfect, every character was incredible – and I can assure you, it’s not very often I speak so highly about a female character – the action was awesome, the romance was steamy as frick, and the character development was just, so beautiful.
I’m currently in a toss up deciding between Rhys and Rowan from ToG to be my book boyfriend. Apparently I have a type; cocky, badass fae warriors of noble birth!
The Night Court may have become my new favourite fictional place, and the characters within were so fun to read about.
I was heartbroken by the time I finished this, because I know I won’t last a year for more.
Send help.
Fangirl down.
I’ve actually done a bad thing. I started listening to the Audiobook earlier today.
I have so many books and I can’t get this one out of my system.
It’s like ACOMAF is a drug and I’m totally and completely addicted.
A perfect 10 out of 5 stars!
Please Sarah, have pity and stop running my life with your perfect books.
I have adulty responsibilities, my house won’t clean itself!

Have you read any of these?
Are you currently on an ACOMAF high?
Did you hate Nora Grey as much as I did? I doubt it!
Let me know. Let me unleash my fangirling over Rhys and Rowan.

Peace out
xoxo

P.S I also set up my instagram earlier if you would be so lovely to check out. I have a whole 1 post so far. A post that’s already featured here.
Twice.
I suck at photography.

On Blog Awards: Real Neat Blog

S’up internet?!
To kick off this super-tag Sunday, I would like to say a big thank-you to Nephele over at Night Train Books for nominating me for this award.
It was super neat of you…
Get it, NEAT...
I hate myself.
Here’s the tag!


Rules are thus:

  • Thank and link the blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer the 7 questions that the nomination has provided you.
  • Create 7 questions for your nominees.
  • Nominate 7 other Blogger

1.Would you want your favourite book series to be turned into movies or a TV show?
My favourite books have already been made into movies; The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit, Harry Potter, and I love them!
Shows of books I love, unfortunately, tend to be a little hit or miss.
Here’s lookin’ at you Shadowhunters. Actually I don’t HATE Shadowhunters, it just had the potential to be so much better, when it was just sort of…average. Disappointing really.

2. What country you’ve never been to would you love to visit?
Japan, the country is just beautiful and so interesting.
I’d also love to go to New Zealand, as I hear it’s a lot like Scotland, except, they actually see the sunshine. What a novelty!

3. Which upcoming book release are you most excited for this year?
Oh I have a few, they would definitely have to be Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas, Heartless by Marissa Meyer and, of course, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by JK Rowling.

4. What’s your favourite magical creature?
I want to say Unicorn, because it’s the national animal of Scotland – for real, I couldn’t make this stuff up – but, I think it may be a Dragon. Or a Gryphon. Or a Mermaid… or… You know what, this question is too difficult!

5. What’s your favourite social networking site?
Pintrest I guess, though, you couldn’t really call it social networking right?
Maybe twitter. Absolutely not Facebook though.

6. Do you prefer paperback or hardcover?
Hardback for sure. Though I don’t like the price.
They are much sturdier in the long run and don’t take as much damage, plus you get so many extra, quirky details with hardbacks. I’m such a sucker for a hardback that has a gorgeous cover under the dust jacket.

7. Which is your favourite month in the year?
Hmm, I think maybe September. For the past few years my boyfriend and I have taken two weeks off from work during September to spend together and gone on day trips and the likes. We rarely get days off together so getting to spend that time together is very special. We also go to Glasgow Comic-con during September and it’s a lot of fun, though I do end up spending an obscene amount of cash!

Welp, those were my answers, now time for…

My questions
1. You fall into a vat of nuclear waste! What would your superhero power and name be?
2. What was your first thought when you awoke this morning?
3. You have the ability to summon any character from a book. Who would you summon?
4. Whats the strangest scar you have, and how did you get it?
5. Where is your absolute favourite place/spot to go on a lazy sunday afternoon?
6. What bizarre talent do you have? (Everyone has something)
7. If you could read the perfect book, what would it be?

Is it weird I sort of want to answer my own questions? Anyway.

I Nominate
1. Liam @heyashers
2. Shannon @shannonpaigewaters
3. R.J “dude, how do I not know your name as of yet” Jacobs @rjjacobswriters
4. Louise @geniereads
5. Hollie @hollieblog
6. Lauren @wonderlessreviews
7. thejouskablog

Feel free to ignore the tag if you wish, but I would be interested in hearing your answers!


There’s nothing quite like a tag on a Sunday evening to relax!
I hope you enjoyed my answers and I hope you’re having a lovely day 🙂
‘Til we meet again.

Peace out
xoxo

On Blog Awards: The Sunshine Blogger

S’up internet?!
So the beautiful soul (and face) that is Shannon of Captivated by Fantasy, nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award.
So, let’s go!

The rules:

Thank the people/person who nominated you. 
Answer the questions from your nominators.
Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions.


1. Who is your ultimate OTP? (long answer is long)
Wow. Okay, hold onto your butts, loaded question! I ship so many people so hard. I ship in real life!
Book wise, I don’t think I have a set OTP for a book, I tend to ship characters from the book I’m currently reading and then, once I’ve started a new book, I have new ships to focus on.
I guess, currently I would say Feyre x Rhys (I just can’t handle this guys) from A Court of Mist and Fury, and Simon x Baz from Carry On, yes that book is still pretty much ruling my life!
gajevyMy absolute OTP’s though, come from an Anime and a video game.
My anime OTP (and I’m seriously obsessed here) are Gajeel and Levy from a show called Fairy Tail. I love the stark contrast in their characters so much, in fact, it was in seeing fanart of them, mostly from this amazing artist, that made me watch the show. I’m addicted to how hulking and intimidating he is, compared to how small, adorable and bookish she is. I have an entire pintrest board, over 700 photos long, devoted to them. Like I said, obsessed.fenhawke

My video game OTP is from a game called Dragon Age, and they are Fenris and Female Hawke. Basically you create and play as a character named Hawke, and can play as either male or female, and a large part of the games story is building relationships with other characters and choosing who you wish to enter into a romantic story line with. You may actually recognise Fenris as he always seems to get pinned as Rowan from Throne of Glass series. I think actually playing as Hawke and initiating the romance just makes me so invested in their relationship and I keep re-playing just to romance them again!

2.What is your favourite book trilogy?
Lord of the Rings. Boom! Bet you didn’t see that one coming.
I’m sorry for my Tolkien obsession…

3. Do you prefer wear jeans or skirts/dresses?
It depends on the season, just not the way you’re thinking. I’m more likely to wear jeans in summer than winter, because wearing jeans during a Scottish winter is just suicide. It rains so hard here in winter, you’re much better wearing a skirt/dress and boots to avoid your clothes soaking up the rain.

4. What is your favourite movie?
Shockingly, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, but seeing as I’ve used my Tolkien card this round, my other favourite films are The Breakfast Club, Disney Beauty and The Beast and Clueless. Clueless is seriously timeless. I still laugh all these years later.

5. What is/was your favourite subject at school? 
When I did attend school, I loved English lit, history, music and Art. They were the only subject I carried on with into my final two years of high school and the only ones I have an interest in to this day.

6. If you could visit one place in the world, where would it be?
Japan! Not only am I obsessed with their video games, anime and music, but the country itself is just so beautiful.

7. What is your favourite piece of makeup?
I feel that if I were stuck on an island and could only have ONE thing, it would be lip balm.
Burt and Bees Grapefruit to be specific.

8. Why did you start blogging? 
I started my blog, mainly as a way to meet fellow fan girls and talk about my love of books with others who share in that love. And so I could stop pestering my friends, family and boyfriend about the books I’ve read. They just don’t get it!

9. What is your favourite shop?
Easily Waterstones, in the centre of Glasgow to be precise. It’s a massive, gorgeous, multi-floor bookstore where I spent the entirety of teen years lazing around the floors, browsing books and drinking coffee.
Not much has changed!

10. Where do you find inspiration for your blog?
I think, maybe by reading others posts. I’m not sure, I don’t think I’ve been doing this long enough to say.

11. Are you a minimalist or a collector?
Oh fudge, I’m an absolute hoarder!
I collect so many things, it’s the reason I’m having to move house at the moment because I no longer have room in here to house all my stuff and I don’t plan to ever give any of it up.
Between my books, comics, manga, video games and figures I have a good few thousand things piled in here. I wish I were exaggerating. I’m really not. I have maybe 300+ video games; 150-200 books; 80 odd manga; over 100 comics and bind-ups; and probably close to 80-90 different figure type things.
If you have any idea what an Amiibo is, I had 55 of them at last count…


My questions

Seeing as we’re all a bookish lot, I’m going to divide my questions into 5 book related questions and 5 everyday questions.

  1. Which Hogwarts house are you a part of?
  2. A book everyone loves that you hate?
  3. Your most anticipated release this year?
  4. Most loved and hated characters?
  5. A book pairing you hate?
  6. Your pet peeve?
  7. A bad habit you have?
  8. Your favourite season?
  9. A simple thing that makes you smile (like being inside on a cold, wet day)?
  10. Favourite thing to blog about? ie. tags, reviews, hauls…
  11.  Your favourite super hero and villain?

I tag

1. Nephele of Night Train Books
2. Jordan of fridays and books
3. Leanna from Never trust a booknerd
4. Anushka H. from Going Through Books
5. Shayney from Shayneys reviews
6. Tina from All of these prompts
7. Huriyah of Sugarquills
8. Zainab from A Bibliophiles Obsession
9. Donna from Chocolate n waffles blog
10. Mandie from Hungry Bibliophile Blog
11. Chloe from Over Analysing Literature

Ugh I tried so hard to find people who hadn’t already received this award, so I’m sorry if you have and I’ve tagged you, no need to do again – though I would be interested in seeing your answers none the less. And if you’re just a lazy bum, no need to complete either 😉

I had a lot of fun answering these and I hope some of you will too. Link your answers in the comment section below if you do, I’d love to read them.
And thanks, again, to Shannon for thinking of me 🙂

Peace out
xoxo

On The Bookshelf Tag.

The Bridge to The Stars

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
– Philip Pullman

S’up internet?!
So, it’s been a week since we met.
And what a fun week it’s been thanks, in large part, to you.

Hopefully by now, some of you will have gotten to know a bit about myself. So, I thought for this weeks bookblog entry, I’d introduce you all to my humble, little bookshelf.
Seeing as I live in a teensy, tiny one bedroom flat with my boyfriend, I only really have space for one big bookshelf at the moment, much to my displeasure.
And what better way to introduce my shelfs than with a tag.
Here it is, The bookshelf tag.

  1. Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from.
    bookshelf
    For the longest time, my books sat – hidden and unloved – in cupboards and crammed into tiny half shelves. A year ago, I decided enough was enough, my babies deserved a home of their own, so I hopped into the nearest department store and bought this. I now need many, many more. So many books, so little space.
  2. How do you organise your books?
    my books ben
    I like to change things up and re-arrange them every few months. Until a few weeks back I actually had them arranged into a Rainbow and it was flipping beautiful. But with my crazy book buying habit, it was too hard to maintain. I also got a little annoyed that my series weren’t in order any more, so I organised things by series. Other than that there is no real rhyme or reason to it, other than grouping all of one authors works together.
  3. What’s the longest book on your shelves?
    LOTR
    Easily has to be this monstrous illustrated edition of The Lord of The Rings. With roughly one thousand-two hundred pages, this beast is pretty dang hefty; good workout for your forearms if you’re reading it though.
    What? When else am I supposed to fit in a workout between all this reading?
  4. What’s the shortest book on your shelves?
    Kindred spirits

    Another easy one, it definitely has to be Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell. I spotted this itty-bitty little babe on a supermarket shelf on the run up to World Book Day and couldn’t resist.
    It only cost £1, bargain if I ever saw one, I couldn’t not buy it right?! Right?
  5. Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?
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    Actually I don’t believe I’ve ever received a book as a birthday gift. I have gotten a few for Christmas and Valentines presents though. Most Recently these included: You’re Never Weird on The Internet (Almost); Winter; War of Ancients Archive: Fairest; Six of Crows; The Final Empire; Shadows of The Horde; and Carry On.
    I was also given not one, but two copies of Harry Potter Illustrated for Christmas, but, in my mad rush to takes photos while I still had natural light, I forgot to add it to the pile.

  6. Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?
    Peter pan
    On a random shopping trip into the city, I dragged my friend into my local Waterstones bookstore to browse…or, you know, spend ninety pounds. Don’t judge me!
    Anyway, as I was perusing the shelves, said friend drifted away for a while. Somewhere between my shedding tears of pure joy from all the beautiful books I had found – and those of sorrow over the loss of my cash – she eventually caught up to me with this beautiful copy of Peter Pan claiming she had bought it for me.
    I chose the right friends!
  7. Most expensive book on your shelf?
    dracula
    It would have to be this hardback classics edition of Dracula.
    Just look at it!
    I have no regrets.
    This book is stunningly, eye achingly beautiful . If you’ve ever seen any of the Waterstones/Barnes and Nobel classics collection, you’ll know what I mean.
    Definitely worth that cash I forked out.
  8. Last book you read on your shelf?
    queen of shadows
    Seeing as I just finished it earlier today (and finally started A Court of Mist and Fury), it would be this beauty, Queen of Shadows.
    It’s crazy thinking how far this series has come from the first book.
    Aren’t the UK editions just, everything.
    I love the contrast of the colour against the white.
  9. More than one copy of a book?
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    Okay, there’s a story for this one
    It all started with my purchasing the green edition of Fangirl a while back.
    I read about two thirds of the way in to this book, and just gave up. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood, but I just couldn’t get into this story. Skip forward a while and Carry On is released. I had no intention of picking this up, let alone reading it thanks to my absolute disinterest in Fangirl.
    After receiving a copy as a christmas gift however, I decided to read the first chapter at least. And I fell utterly in love!
    I then spotted the yellow edition of Fangirl with a sticker reading “Exclusive Carry On fanart inside”, and so I bought another edition of a book I hated, for one piece of fanart.
    Two months pass. The obsession is still strong. I’m at the supermarket, buying food for the week, I end up in the book section (isn’t it funny how that just happens) and a blue paperback copy of Carry On (not pictured) just finds it’s way into my trolly.
    One month later, the obsession hasn’t passed. I’m in Waterstones, sitting at a table drinking coffee with my boyfriend when, lo and behold, on the shelf next to me is a ‘Signed by the author, special colouring edition’ of Carry On. My eyes cloud over with need, a wanton smile tugging at the corners of my mouth.
    You can guess what happened.
  10. Any completed series on your shelf?
    wolves of mercy fallslunar chronicles

    I’m awful for starting series and not finishing them.
    I did have the entirety of The Lunar Chronicles until Star’s Above came out, but seeing as that’s a novella bind-up I’m going to count this as a whole series.
    I also have all three books in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, but I’m sure there’s also a spin off novel? Or a bind-up. Fudge it, I count this too.
  11. Newest (most recently published) edition to your shelf?
    Lady Midnight
    Lady Midnight.
    Cover goals!
    ‘Nuf said.
  12. Oldest book on your shelf?
    the wishing chair again
    Seeing as this was my Mum’s childhood copy, this has to be the oldest on there. I couldn’t fully verify the date, but from what I can make out, this edition was printed in 1972.
  13. Most beat up book?
    old hobbit
    My beloved old copy of The Hobbit. As you can see in the previous photo, the spine is pretty cracked up, and a large amount of the pages are falling away from the glue. But this was the one that started it all for me. It’s been well read and well loved these past 20 odd years.
  14. Most pristine?
    a thousand nights
    Since this was the most recent book I bought – not going to lie, it was mostly for the cover, just, wow! – I’d say this is the most pristine since it hasn’t been touched since I got it home.
    Although, I’m sort of a crazy person about keeping my books in perfect condition, so most are pretty pristine.
  15. A book from childhood?
    the wishing chair againold hobbit
    Again it would be The Wishing Chair and The Hobbit.
  16. A book that doesn’t belong to you?
    tolkien
    The massive, illustrated editions of The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit actually belong to my boyfriend.
  17. A book with a unique cover?
    little women
    I found this adorable little red, leather bound edition of Little Women in a charity shop. It really is like a treasure trove in those places.

  18. A book thats your favourite colour?
    green fangirl
    Though I’m not much of a fan (I will give this another try), the colour of this book is just gorgeous.
    The illustrations are really cute too.
  19. A book thats been on your shelf forever that you haven’t read?
    northen lights
    Although I read most of this way back when, I didn’t then, and haven’t since, finished this book, let alone this series. I remember it being so cool too.
    Maybe I’ll make a point of reading these before the years up.
  20. First book on your shelf you read?
    hobbit wishing chair
    As I’ve mentioned before in another post, the earliest book I remember being read is The Wishing Chair. And the earliest I read alone that’s on my shelf is, what a shock, The Hobbit again!
  21. Any signed books?
    colour in simonsigned rainbow
    My aforementioned Limited colouring edition, signed by the Author Carry On.
    I’ve never actually been fortunate enough to attend an author signing or event. Sad Lisa is sad.

 

 

And we’re done here.
I love seeing photos of other bookshelves.
If you’ve a super pretty set up, send me a shelfie 🙂

Peace out
xoxo