Let’s Chat: Where I’ve been…

LETS CHAT

Guys, I’ve been absent for over three months and that’s not good. I want to straight up apologise to you all for my disappearance. It’s been a busy summer – I’ve been working a full week and I’ve been spending time with my boyfriend.

I wouldn’t say I’ve necessarily done anything special with my summer other than making money by working two jobs and seeing the one person who I very rarely spend quality time with during university – my blogging ended up being neglected and I am truly sorry for this – I enjoy blogging and when I get back into it, I just want to keep posting content for you guys.

I’ve got ALOT of catching up to do and if there’s anything I’ve missed out on – let me know in the comments – I can’t wait to speak to you all again!

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Charlie

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Books in Contemporary That I’ve Added To My TBR List

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OMG! I am in LOVE with this week’s prompt! I just live for contemporaries and whilst I don’t have THAT many on my TBR shelf this year, I love how easy they are to pick up and read. Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

I love the simplicity of contemporaries, they require little thinking which is what I need for a book that I want to read in my spare time. I love how straight forward and predictable the plot may be simply because they help to get me relaxed and in a calm mood

The Upside of UnrequitedWhen Dimple Met RishiWindfallOne Italian SummerAlways and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3)Inferno (Blood for Blood, #2)The Girl's Guide to SummerChemistry

 

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award Pt.2

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello again,  I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award again *SQUEE*, the person who nominated me for this award was Bridget & Books! You should check her blog out, she is an amazing blogger, who is fairly new to the scene but she has some talent with graphics and writes really interesting posts ❤ send her some love!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

Bridget’s Questions:

What was the most recent book you finished?
My most recent book was The Humans by Matt Haig. It was really funny and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower or The Curious Incident with the Dog in the Night-Time.

If you could have one author sign something for you, who would it be and why?
I would obviously say the book the wrote, simply because if I love the author that much and I think that their book is amazing, I would get them to sign it, the likelihood of getting a personalised message would give me something no-one else has in that specific book ❤

Who is the character you hate most?
I wouldn’t say that I have any characters that I hate, there are some which is dislike such as America’s daughter in The Selection series.

What is your favorite quote?
‘(High schools is) Nothing less than the waiting room of the adult world.’

What is the oldest book you own that you still have not read yet?
The oldest in terms of on my shelf or publication date? I would probably say The Diviners has been sat on my shelf for the LONGEST TIME.

Who do you want to write your biography?
I think I’d have a comedian like Greg Davis or Russell Kane write it because they would make the biography slightly more interesting with their quirky humour!
 What is your favorite season to read?
SUMMER! But so far I haven’t really done much …

What is a book you despise, but everyone loves?
I don’t think I have ever come across a book which I strongly disliked – I suppose I’ve either got an open mind about reading OR I’m very lucky to not have come across a book I despise.

Which book do you always recommend to friends?
It depends on the person, my mum LOVES thrillers and mysteries yet some of my friends like non-fiction and YA. So dependent on who I am talking to depends on the choice in book.

What does it take for a book cover to attract your eye?
Not much! As long as the font is quirky and the cover is to die for, I’m usually pretty game.

Do you associate any scents to a book? What is it and why?
Crisp pages and fresh ink – well all do it, I LOVE to smell a books when its been purchased, its such a comforting smell ❤

My Nominations:

  1. kirstychronicles
  2. Emma the Book Lover
  3. Inside My Library Mind
  4. Nadwa @ painfullyfictional
  5. Beth Jones @ thebooksareeverywhere.com
  6. Books Tea and More
  7. Julianna @ Blots of Ink and Words
  8. mypaperinfinity

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Feel free to do this tag! If you’ve already done it and you don’t want to do it again, that’s fine. I can’t wait to read some of your responses ❤

My Questions:

  1. What is the last TV show you watched?
  2. Why did you begin book blogging?
  3. What is your most read/ favourite genre?
  4.  What is your favourite bookish memory?
  5. What book go you into reading?
  6. Where would you most like to go on holiday?
  7. What book would you turn into a video game and why?
  8. Where do you do most of your reading?
  9. Do you use the library, give reasons as to why/ why not.
  10. Go-to reading snack?
  11. What is your most anticipated release for 2017?

Until next time,

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May Wrap-Up

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This month has been very busy for me! I finally reached over 100 followers, so thank you everyone for the continous support, I love you all ❤

Books I read
I read 6 books this month:
1. Doing it by Hannah Witton
2. Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
3. What Would Marry Berry Do? by Clare Sandy
4. Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher
5. The Humans by Matt Haig
6. Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel

My reviews for the remaining two books could be getting posted over the next few weeks (If I can be bothered 🙂 )

Watched
Cuckoo Series 3 – BBC

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Cuckoo is a British comedy which was aired on BBC 3. I don’t want to give away too much with it being the third series that I watched but it’s humor and casting of characters is perfect! And to make life even more perfect, the show has bagged two more series – I may just pee myself with excitement! You should go and check this show out; it’s just so cringey ❤

Listened
I have been loving the daily playlist on spotify at the moment, which is a mix all of my downloaded bands and some that have been recommended based on my genre selection ect… anyway, I’ve loved just being able to switch it on and cook, drive, blog with some music in the background. Artists such as The Arctic Monkeys, Everything Everything, The Pigeon Detectives, The Hunna … a mash up of indie music basically!

Let me know in the comments the things you’ve been reading, watching and listening too! I’d love to hear what you’re all into!

Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

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Hi guys! Sorry if you’ve seen this go live and and you’ve thought ‘wait … there’s nothing here to read about’! Well sorry about that! I’m here now and I just want to apologise for the lack of professionalism on my behalf – I’m a bad blogger 😦

Anyway, this week’s I’m going to be discussing my most anticipated releases for the remaining 6 months of 2017! It’s CRAZZZZYYYY knowing that we only have 6 months of this year left … wow. Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

‘Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.’

Ohhhhh 18th century romance between two males …. raunchy! Aside this, I haven’t picked up a book yet that is based around same sex romances which is rather embarrassing, but THIS has fantasy and historical content and I can’t wait ❤

The Ends of the World (The Conspiracy of Us, #3)

The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall

‘Avery will have to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice—for the world, for family, and for love—in this thrilling conclusion to the Conspiracy of Us series.’

I only have the first book which I haven’t even read yet, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to pick the rest of the trilogy up! My only hope is that it is written well enough for me to want to pick the remaining books up!

Lucky in Love Lucky in Love by Kasie West

‘With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.’

I love most contemporaries, but I haven’t even picked up ‘By Your Side’ yet so it looks like this one will be also put on the back burner. Katie West has such an easy writing style which is so simple to follow – it’s really romantic and allows you to fall right into the book.

Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1)

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović 

“Wicked Like a Wildfire was like devouring a succulent fairy fruit—it will rob your time, settle into your dreams, and leave you starving for more.” —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

Fans of Holly Black and Leigh Bardugo will be bewitched by Lana Popovic’s debut YA fantasy novel about a bargain that binds the fates—and hearts—of twin sisters to a force larger than life.

Ohhhh recommendations based around a love for Leigh Bardugo … I’M IN! Plus the cover is super cute ❤

Wild BeautyWild Beauty by Anna-Maire McLemore

Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish.

Ohhhh this sounds so interesting and I love the whole idea of a hidden legacy – it’s very Romeo and Juliet-esque. But the cover also kind of reminds me of Beauty and the Beast – a mysterious boy … I can’t wait to find out more!

Aftercare InstructionsAftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin

In the tradition of Jandy Nelson and Rainbow Rowell, a big-hearted journey of furious friendship, crazy love, and unexpected hope after a teen’s decision to end an unwanted pregnancy.

I love reading books based around teen pregnancy. If they’re well written I love them even more. The characters can sometimes turn into moaning, childish humans which make me dislike them even more.

Bad RomanceBad Romance by Heather Demetrios

‘Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.’

I can’t say that I have ever read a book about a controlling relationship in YA before – I can’t wait to see how this one pans out …

Well folks, sorry about the delay in producing this post – it’s been a little bit of an upsetting 24 hours and the issue concerned needed sorting out – family and partners are more important than blogging I am afraid to say. Anyway, that aside, what books are you most excited for? Let me know 🙂

Thanks,

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Book Blogging 101: ARC’s.

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This week I want to discuss with you the devil that is ARC’s. We all yearn to have them. We ache inside with want. But once you get them, it’s hard to keep track of which book is published when; you’ve requested it and now you don’t want to read it; you read it, didn’t agree with it and you’re racked with guilt at writing a negative post.

Well don’t worry! It’s not the end of the world if you don’t receive ARC’s, it means you have more time reading the books that ARE on your shelf with less pressure to get a review out during publication.

However, if you can’t wait to get your hands on new releases and want to jump onto the hype train then there are several websites that you can join which helps promote your blog and uses your skills as a reviewer in order to gain ARC copies of books.

Net galley is an easy-to-use online service and a place for book publishers, reviewers, media, librarians, booksellers, bloggers and educators to connect. NetGalley delivers digital galleys, often called advance reading copies, or ARCs, to professional readers (either a reviewer, blogger, librarian, bookseller .etc) and helps promote new and upcoming titles. The good thing about Netgalley is it is free to use and you can just send the ARC to your Kindle or iPad and you’re away!

Bookbridgr (only available to UK and ROI users only) is very similar to Netgalley, BUT instead of just sole requesting the book and buggering off into the sunset, you have the chance to interact with the author; participate in a blog tour and request exclusive content. The only downside to this site is that it’s early days and so there isn’t much to choose from and you do not know if you’ll be sent the book until it arrives on your doorstep.

Alternatively, you could actively seek the books that you want to review and email the publisher associated with them. You want to be formal and polite, link all you social outlets and give them statistics of your follower count, page visits and the sorts. You should also comment on why you want to receive that specific book for review and what you would bring to the company if they sent the book to you and not someone else – there will be more than one person contacting them!

You need to be aware that not all publishers will get in touch with a reply, some just send the book out and others will leave a email in return – reply regardless; if you didn’t receive a reply but receive the book a few days later – send them an email saying thanks! Don’t forget to drop them a link to your post concerning their book – promote it on your platforms to demonstrate that you’re a blogger who means business and ALWAYS use a disclaimer at the start or end of your post stating you received the copy for an honest review.

It’s hard to get ARC’s but don’t be disheartened, if you leave a contact email address on your blog, some authors will contact you and you can decide if you want to read their book – but be honest with yourself and honest to them – if it’s not your genre DON’T READ IT. If you like the sound of it and pick it up to find it’s not for you – WRITE A HONEST REVIEW. They want to hear your opinion, it’s selfish of the author to lash out to reviewers if a review isn’t 100% positive and you don’t want your fellow bloggers reading something they dislike.

Get out there and get some ARC’s – only if you really want!

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Book Review: What Would Mary Berry Do? By Clare Sandy

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What Would Mary Berry Do? by Clare Sandy
Publication date: July 31st 2014
Genre: Women’s fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 450
Format: Paperback
Source: Pan Macmillan
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What Would Mary Berry Do?

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S Y N O P S I S
For fans of The Great British Bake Off, this is a story about family life, unfriendly rivalry and flat Victoria sponges.

Marie Dunwoody doesn’t want for much in life. She has a lovely husband, three wonderful children, and a business of her own. Except, her cupcakes are crap. Her meringues are runny and her biscuits rock-hard. She cannot bake for toffee. Or, for that matter, make toffee.

Marie can’t ignore the disappointed looks any more, or continue to be shamed by neighbour and nemesis, Lucy Gray. Lucy whips up perfect profiteroles with one hand, while ironing her bed sheets with the other. Marie’s had enough: this is the year it all changes. She vows to follow – to the letter – recipes from the Queen of Baking and at all times ask ‘What would Mary Berry do?’

Husband Robert has noticed that his boss takes crumb structure as seriously as budget sheets and so puts on the pinny: serious redundancies are on the horizon. Twins Rose and Iris are happy to eat all the half-baked mistakes that come their way, but big brother Angus is more distant than usual, as if something is troubling him. And there is no one as nosey as a matching pair of nine-year-old girls . . .

Marie starts to realise that the wise words of Mary Berry can help her with more than just a Victoria Sponge. But can Robert save the wobbling soufflé that is his career? And is Lucy’s sweet demeanour hiding something secretly sour?

This is a delicious feast of a funny novel, perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan and Allison Pearson.

*** This is a work of fiction, in no way endorsed by Mary Berry, and where neither Mary Berry herself nor her recipes feature. ***

R E V I E W
We follow Marie, a mother and wife who leads a chaotic life. She has a happy family with her husband and three children. Running her own business as a dentist which is her dream job, working with two assistants who are some of her closest friends.

She isn’t very good at baking. When asked to provide a showstopper for the school fair she ends up producing french fancies. Crushed in their box. Her neighbour Lucy is amazing at baking constantly producing delectable dishes – pretty and immaculate, Lucy appears as the perfect wife. Lucy appears superior and calm on top of things.

Following this disaster, Marie decides that enough is enough and that she needs to change her ways. With a copy of a Mary Berry recipe book in tow she decides to turn the tables. However, Marie’s husband, Robert, has trouble at work. He attempts to develop his skills in the kitchen to gain brownie points at work *pardon the pun*.

Marie’s twin girls, are usually causing havoc and leaving a trail of mischief wherever they go and her son Angus is quiet and distant. Marie knows that something is troubling, Marie has no idea what it is that Angus is going through. Will baking help Marie bring her family closer and less chaotic? And will the wisdom guide, the holy grail that is Mary Berry help solve her problems?

Marie is such a funny and level headed main character. She’s truthful and she knows what her best and worst features are. I found the twins endearing, they were always creating plans or causing mischief. Angus is quiet but collected teenage boy, who we see struggling to come to terms with an event during a class party. Marie and Robert’s marriage is a great example and is quite realistic. The family across the street is very different, but they aren’t as perfect as they want everyone to believe. What Would Mary Berry Do? is a story about friendship and perseverance.

C O N C L U S I O N
What Would Mary Berry Do? is a story about friendship and perseverance. Marie is determined to learn how to bake and soon she’s starting to love it. I liked reading about pies, sponges, icing and glaze, it was great – I bake myself and there’s some things that I would not even consider attempting to make! There’s a lot of food and love in this book which is its strongest feature – sometimes I felt the book dragging, but something else would happen. The novel is both delicious and delightful and I enjoyed reading it very much!

Let’s Chat: Monthly TBR’s

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Hiya gang! Last week I talked about reading challenges, so I thought that this week would be a continuation on the whole idea of planning on what to read. By this I’m talking about monthly TBR’s.

I love reading and I LOVE seeing other blogger’s TBR selection for the month, but for me, TBR’s do nothing. I plan what I’m going to read, I completely ignore that plan and end up reading what I secretly REALLY REALLY wanted to dive into.

So why do we have TBR’s that we decide to post at the start of each month?

Do we do it to try to demonstrate we have control over our reading?

Is it to create a sense of achievement?

To impress our fellow readers?

Or is it because of the continuous pile of books that we never seem to be able to reduce no matter HOW MUCH we read.

For me, I liked to be able to write a post about what I planned on reading (extra content for my blog. YES PLEASE!) but part of me also felt like I was OBLIGED to have a TBR. Everyone was doing it and so I thought – yeah, I suppose I’ll do this too. However hard I tried though, my TBR would always fail 😦 .

I discovered that I am more of a mood reader when it comes to my reading habits. In summer, I’m more likely to read a contemporary. In winter, a thriller perhaps. But having no TBR at all left me without any unneccessary pressure – the stresses of trying to compile and list of books that MUST be read – it wasn’t there.

I don’t feel guilty when I read a book that has been recently added to my shelf compared to one which has sat there for years  or months. I feel proud that I can have the chance to buy books that I want to read and have the choice to read them whenever I want. I feel there is a unspoken pressure around completing the TBR that bloggers set themselves in order to show that they are capable of reading ten books in a month.

But no-one is here to judge. You want to read the book that was released yesterday, but it’s not on your TBR? No worries, read it anyway! For me I like having shelves of books that I have and haven’t read. Some I’ll keep, but others I’ll donate once having read them. My TBR is a lose selection of books which I pick up when I’m feeling a certain genre or mood. I recently finished a book that I’ve had on my shelf for two years. TWO YEARS. I never un-hauled it because I knew I wanted to pick it up, but only when the time was right.

I can understand why some individuals have a TBR, but most of the time, I just want to pick up a book and have a good time. Let me know in the comments your opinion of TBR’s. Do you have one? Why do you set for yourself? I’d love to know ❤ 🙂

Until next time my lovelies,

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Would You Rather? Book Tag

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I saw this tag over at foreverbookblog and it looked so cool, so I’d thought I’d give it a go ❤

1. Rather read only a series or stand-alone books?
I love series, because you can see the character evolving BUT I LOVE LOVE LOVE stand-alones! Especially thrillers and contemporary romances; I find that I could quite happily devour stand-alones.

2. Rather read a book whose main character is male or female?
Most of the time I find that I pick up books with primarily female main characters – I think it’s because I already have gender in common with them, making it easier to identify with them.

3. Rather shop only at Barnes & Noble (or other actual bookstores) or Amazon?
It’s more convenient for me to shop online at Amazon, and they do have a 3 for £10 offer that I can not refuse! I do however, LOVE bookstores, but I very rarely have the chance to go into them – I always end up spending so much time (and money!) when I do shop for books #readerproblems

4. Rather all books become movies or tv shows?
I would love books to become TV shows, I think that even though films are shorter, attention to detail is lacking and I thought that even though ’13 Reasons Why’ does have it flaws, it was produced in an amazing way.

5. Rather read 5 pages per day or read 5 books per week?
5 BOOKS PER WEEK – EXCUSE ME?! 5 pages would not be enough!

 6. Rather be a professional book reviewer or an author?
I am a book reviewer now… so I think I’d rather just read and review books for a living.

 7.  Rather only read the same 20 books over and over or get to read a new book every 6 months?
I would love to read a new book every 6 months, because, in those 6 months, I’d be able to re-read all the books I previously read ❤

 8. Rather be a librarian or own a bookstore?
A bookstore! With cake!

9. Rather only read your favourite genre or your favourite author?
I would rather just read my favourite genre – there would be loads more choice in what to read with different writing styles and perspectives!

 
10. Rather only read physical books or eBooks?
I’ve tried e-books, which lets me have the advantage of having like 50 billion books in my bag whereas a physical bag of 50 billion books would not sit very well! I do love a good paperback though 🙂

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I tag Jackie @toomuchofabooknerd, mudanereads and Bridget & Books! I hope you all have as much fun as I did and don’t forget to link me into your posts so I can see all your responses ❤

Love,

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Beach Bag TBR

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So ya’ll off to the beach for the summer. You need some things to keep your mind occupied, entertained. Well I’m here to save your day! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This week we’re all going to look at fitting all ten of these books into that beach bag of yours – they’re my summer must reads, hopefully they’ll be yours too ❤

Adult Romance
The Improbability of Love
I’ve wanted to read this book for so long but I still haven’t managed to pick it up… the story for most of my books on my TBR … *sighs*
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New Romance Releases
One Italian SummerAlways and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3)By Your Side
These three books have been released in 2017 and I just want to get my teeth stuck into these. I can’t wait to pick these babies up ❤
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Diverse/Same Sex Relationships
The Foxhole Court (All for the Game, #1)Carry OnWhen Dimple Met Rishi
I will openly admit that I read very little diverse books, but I always end up reading something else. However, those little snippets in Fangirl led me to buying ‘Carry On’.
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Geek/Reality TV/Randoms I can’t place in a category
UnconventionalWindfallRoyce Rolls
I love easy contemporaries… any contemporary will do, these books are some i’m all hoping to  get through some of these over the summer period ❤

If any of you have read any of these, how did you find them? Are there any that I should pick up first? I’d love to know 🙂

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