Reading Different Genres – The Story of my Book Slump

 

 

So for the first time in an age, I’m in a bit of a reading slump. I’m very much a mood reader and normally, once I’ve started a series I will binge read all the available sequels in a row but at the moment, I’m really struggling to commit to anything. In the past, if I’ve ever had a slump I just change genre and I get all excited about reading again. This isn’t really working for me this time and it’s making me feel a bit lost. I love to have a book on the go so I can just turn off, escape into a different world and forget reality for a while, and the knowledge that I have that escape at the end of my fingertips is calming. So it’s weirdly uncomfortable not knowing where to go next.  Continue reading

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My 2016 Reading Round Up

 

2016 has been a great reading year for me. I’ve always been a reader but this has been the first year since leaving full time education that I’ve found my groove. I now know that fantasy fiction is my genre but that I also enjoy historical fiction, crime and YA. I’ve found it much easier to find new books to read since actively using Goodreads  and following more blogs/bookstagrams that enjoy reading similar works. I managed to read a total of 141 books this year which smashed my target of 52  and discovered several new series that I know I’ll reread and love for a very long time. Highlights include Continue reading

For the Love of Heist

One of my favourite things about reading is discovering a new genre/subgenre for the first time. It was last summer that I made the conscious decision to read more fantasy fiction and I haven’t looked back, but I do enjoy the occassional crime story (hello Sherlock Holmes). Luckily I have discovered a happy balance: fantasy heist novels. This realisation came after recently finishing Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows. I loved it. I enjoyed the unpredictabiliy of the plot and how the impossibility of the job brought tension to the characters and affected their behaviour. It was when I began to write my review in my book journal that I remembered this was why I loved Sanderson’s The Final Empire, another heist story. Continue reading

Birthday Bookish Bonanza

On Thursday 11th February I turned 23. It was a gorgeous sunny day and Ryan and I spent the day wandering around Cambridge book shopping. Perfecto if you ask me. It was super successful and I managed to find nearly everything I wanted. As I’ve mentioned in a few other posts recently I’m really into fantasy at the moment so I’ve been trying to catch up with some of the greats. Continue reading

September Book Haul

I can’t believe we’re over half way through September already! Time is flying by. I’ve been a bit more reserved in my book buying recently, and in fact I only actually paid for four of these books as I managed to get the other two by using my Waterstones points. Every little helps! Anyway, here’s what I’ve got. Continue reading

The Classics Book Tag

I came across this book tag here, and thought I’d give it a go!

  1. A hyped classic that you really didn’t enjoy:

I didn’t enjoy The Great Gatsby, I felt the narrator was just too dull. I know that was the point, to juxtapose the riches and adventure of the other characters but he was just too dry for me. I also really, really didn’t like Frankenstein.

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How I use my Book Journal

Moleskine Book Journal

I am a planner/notebook/journal addict. Always have been, always will be. And hey, there are worse things to be addicted to. *cough Diet Coke…*

I do have a Goodreads account (you can add me as a friend here) which I think is great for tracking how many books i’ve read this year, joining groups and discovering new books, as well as keeping an ongoing list of books I need to buy. But I wanted something as a permanent reminder that I can add to and keep track of all the books I’ve read and what I thought of them. Enter the Moleskine Passions Book Journal. It took me a while to make it my own, but now I have, I love it.

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We’re moving!

Hello, hello, hello! We're moving!

Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA lately, I’ve been a bit preoccupied/stressed because we’re making the plunge…we’re buying a house! Well, more of a penthouse. It is currently a lovely bit of sky/air as it is a new build but it’s soo exciting!

It started Easter Monday when we went to look at the site and talk to the sales exec and we’re waiting for Taylor Wimpey to send our contracts to our solicitors now we’ve got our official mortgage offer! It’s been crazy quick but everything seems to be settling down now, which is good because the not sleeping and constant stress-tummyaches were kinda getting to me. It’s out of our hands now, down to the solicitors. We get to do the fun stuff now like pick the colour of the carpets, flooring, kitchen cabinets and the wardrobes! Super cools. It’s completion eta is October/December so we still have a bit to wait but that just means we’ve got plenty of time to save so we can buy a new bed and curtain poles etc. Who knew buying a house could be this fun?

It’s going to have views over the River Ouse and still great connections to Cambridge and Bedford. It’s just outside a town so we’re an easy walk away from shops and pubs and we’ll overlook a marina and a wildlife conservation area – perfect for our runs!

I’m reading lots of amazing books still but I’ve mainly been finishing CJ Sansom’s Shardlake series and I didn’t want to review every single one (although they are uh-may-zing so go read them all!). I’m currently reading The Beautiful and the Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald while i’m waiting for the latest Shardlake novel to come out in paperback (7th May FYI). I’ll probably pop a review of that up. I’m hoping I can get more history posts up about Kings and Queens that rocked but at the moment things are crazy busy! But fingers crossed.

Hardback vs. Paperback

There’s nothing prettier than a hardback. They often have special, gorgeous covers and shows the world that you bought it as soon as it was published. As presents, they show that thought and care has gone into the purchase. However, I can’t help but feel the current release system for new books would serve the public better if it were reversed. Usually, hardbacks are released first and then the paperback is released months later. Hardbacks tend have a smaller print run compared to their paperback counterpart, but as their prices are higher, publishers make more money per unit than they do with the paperback. Hardbacks make good review copies, excellent library editions as they are more durable and are appealing to literary collectors, yet are they practical or even preferable to the common reader? Continue reading

Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger AwardHello everyone! Hope you are all enjoying your Sunday. I’m just trying to relax and recover after completing the Cambridge Half Marathon this morning! I still can’t believe I did it, and we managed to raise over £1000 for Cancer Research UK which is of course, fantastic.

Anyway, I have been nominated for The Versatile Blogger award by the lovely Janet Wertman. Janet is a fantastic author of Tudor historical fiction (one of the best periods of history I’m sure you’ll all agree 😉 ). She is currently writing the first two novels in her Seymour Dynasty series, watch out for them! Thank you so much for the nomination, I’m glad you like my blog! Yours is fantastic and I enjoy reading all your posts. Please visit her website,  http://janetwertman.com

To accept this award I have to follow these rules..:

The Rules for accepting the Award:

  1. Display the Award Certificate
  2. Write a post and link back to the blogger who nominated you
  3. Post seven interesting things about yourself
  4. Nominate up to fifteen other bloggers (and why you’ve nominated them)
  5. Inform them of their nomination

So here we go..

  1. Despite being born on the sunny West Coast of Mexico in Acapulco, I grew up in the Lake District, UK. Full of gorgeous scenery it was a beautiful place to live, but I’m a bit of a city girl at heart so now I’m happily settled working in Cambridge.
  2. My favourite film used to be The Mummy. It inspired me to want to be a historian, although back then mainly specialising in Egyptology. Every Easter and Christmas I used to get books about Ancient Egypt and I loved it. The country and it’s history still hold a special place in my heart and I hope one day I can see the pyramids and the tomb of Nefertiti.
  3. I spoke fluent Spanish for the first four years of my life, but when it came to school I decided to learn French. Mainly down to teenage rebellion and all that. I love French, I think it’s a great language and I love that when I pop over the channel I can speak the lingo and get by.
  4. I always wanted to study Ancient History or Classics at University but I ended up studying Modern History at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge. It was the best decision I ever made. I graduated last October (2014) with a First Class Degree and was able to complete a Dissertation on Anne Boleyn, who is possible one of my favourite people ever, even if she is dead. Also the lecturers were incredibly supportive and inspiring and made me want to continue studying the past.
  5. Books are my life. They are perfect for escapism and learning. I remember when I first started to read on my own – i couldn’t wait for my mum to read to me so I grabbed the book and carried on myself. I have hundreds of them and my dream is to one day have a living room where a whole wall is a bookcase! and to be a publisher, cause y’know, obviously.
  6. I’m currently really interested in Medieval history and can’t believe i’d never thought to learn more about it before!
  7. I HAVE RUN A HALF MARATHON!!!!!

So, from what I can see, most of my favourite blogs have already been nominated so I’m just going to stick to four of my faves. (Janet would be on here but she’s been covered in the first half of my post 🙂

1. Ryan Webster’s Military History blog – Short, snappy snippets of Military History. Excellent writer and wannabe Lecturer he has a few projects in the pipeline so definitely one to watch.

2. Poppy Coburn – Poppy’s blog is what got me into blogging/reading blogs in the first place. She writes on lots of different things, from fashion to history to book reviews. Really easy to read and interesting!

3. Little Miss Katy – Katy is a lifestyle blogger who just cheers me up. She posts 5 times a week and every time I read her posts they make me smile. She writes reviews on places/events/her life and every Monday posts things to be happy about. Really makes you think about things that make you happy which is always good.

4. The Freelance History Writer – Writes fantastic articles about all sorts of history! You can easily get lost in this blog….