Saturday, 21 January 2012

More posts after 25th

Yeah I keep trying to write blog posts, but I've been doing a lot of homework/studying. I have an exam on the 25th and then I have a week free of lessons/studying/homework so I will do a lot of posts then and just upload them in the coming weeks.

If you have any requests or reviews you'd like to see, any recommendations for books or what I could do with the blog or anything please let me know below!

Monday, 9 January 2012

Books I'm reading - January 2012

This is the second book in the Tale of Lunarmorte. The first one was fantastic, and I wanted to read this one as soon as I'd finished it. I'm just over half way through this and it's pretty good so far. I definitely recommend them if you haven't checked them out!

I tried to read this a couple months ago and I couldn't get through it, I watched the new movie and it was awesome, so I'm trying to read it again. The film was amazing, I'm hoping the book is as good.

I can't wait for this book and I'm keeping it until after my exam at Uni so I have something to look forward to after exam prep.

These are the three main books I want to read, however I don't know if I'll definitely get to all of them this month, I have lots of work to do. But yeah, I'm hoping to get through these and more.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

2011 Favourites

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

This was a book I wasn't going to pick up, but the woman in my bookshop just handed me it and said 'that looks good' and I decided to pick it up. Very glad I did, the story was amazing, the characters were phenomenal, and it was so fast paced from the first line.

 Feed by Mira Grant

I have never really been a lover of zombie books, but seriously this one blew me away. The characters and the writing were amazing, and the way you see blogging and how media has changed and how it could change if there was a zombie apocalypse. This one I picked up because it sounded pretty interesting, but I wasn't expecting much from it. It was amazing, and I recommend anyone to pick it up and read it.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

I don't have a clue why I took so long picking these up, but I'm so glad I did. The world is so well thought out, the characters have such a great mix of humour and seriousness. The plot keeps you desperate for more, and just then ending is amazing. I haven't picked up City of Fallen Angels yet, but I plan to soon.

 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This book is amazing because of how different it is. The blending of the story with pictures, the way you book showed you all of this amazing story as well as these interesting characters and this wonderfully different way of how it was put together. It was just a stunning read.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

This book was fun and just a nice fun read. The characters were funny and interesting, the book is amazing and interesting, it was just a nice fun read. It wasn't like a life altering book (though I must admit for a few days I was pretending to be a spy...come can't say you haven't before!)

 Hereafter by Tara Hudson

This was just...I dunno. I just loved reading it, and I loved the writing, it just read so beautifully. The story was still simple enough that it was easy to read, but it had enough mystery and fun that made me love reading it.

 Virals by Kathy Reichs

This book was just such a different book, it was something I wasn't expecting. I've tried to read Kathy Reichs books before and failed because of the science jargon and stuff. This was definitely a way to ease your way into her writing. The book was interesting and fun, there was enough mystery and suspense to keep you reading. Just a good book.

These aren't all of my favourite books from last year, but they are the main ones that stand out. I'm gonna do a post soon on the books I'm looking forward to for 2012, and yeah, I'll talk to you guys later.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

In My Mailbox (5)- October, November & December

I didn't post any of these in the months they should have been posted, so here is a massive haul. I don't blame you if you don't want to watch the 22 minute video so the list of the books are below.

  • Palace of the Damned by Darren Shan
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen
  • City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  • Blood Trail by Tanya Huff
  • Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead
  • The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
  • The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
  • The Fall by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
  • By Midnight by Mia James
  • Darkness Falls by Mia James
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephenie Perkins
  • Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow
  • Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
  • Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
  • A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin
  • The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton
  • My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
  • Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • Blood & Ice by Robert Masello
  • One Day by David Nicholls
  • The Rapture by Liz Jensen
  • Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
  • The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  • Steampunk Anthology
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  • Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke
  • Rosebush by Michelle Jaffe
  • Dark Angel by Eden Maguire
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • Gone by Michael Grant
  • Angel by L.A. Weatherly
  • Magyk by Angie Sage
  • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Ekleles
  • The Missing by Lisa McMann
  • Runelight by Joanne Harris
  • Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
  • Consequences by Michelle Birbeck
  • Seizure by Kathy Reichs

Non book things- Kindle
The Elder Wand

If you want a review of any of the books above please let me know!

Monday, 2 January 2012

Kindle vs Real Books

Okay, so a couple months ago I was definitely pro books down with kindles/e-readers etc. I mean, there's so many things you can have with a book that you can't with an e-reader, the smell, the little scratches & cracks in the spine, everything about it is a way of enjoying and reading a book that's an experience.

However, for Christmas I couldn't think of anything I wanted, so I got myself a Kindle. And I've read a few books on it (reviews to come, I'm gonna get into the swing of reviews after my homework craziness is done) and I can't say that I find it as bad as I did.

Okay, so we don't have the book smell. The book smell isn't in it, but there's something amazing about having over 100 books in my bag that I wouldn't be able to have if I had them in book form. There's something amazing with being able to instantly share with the world via twitter or facebook that you've finished a book. There's something that is new and different about reading from a Kindle that I enjoy, but I don't know what it is.

And this is not saying that I'm all 'go Kindle down with books' because I'm not. I don't think I'll ever be. I've promised that any books I own that are in a series I'm going to buy the rest of the books in book form. Same goes with my favourite authors, same goes with books I just want to pick up. I don't think I'd ever be able to replace a physical paper book, but I think it'll be easier to get to books I wouldn't usually buy through a Kindle. Like right now I'm reading the Sherlock Holmes books which I wouldn't have if I couldn't have them on my Kindle, because I wouldn't carry around a massive book filled with the complete works, and I don't think I'd be willing to buy each one separately.

I know this is a bit of a weird post, but to be honest, I just wanted to write it to have something on the blog early in the year to say yes I am coming back, I promise, just not sure when the reviews will start. I have exams and stuff to worry about first!

So tell me what you think on the Kindle vs Books things, you pro Kindle? Pro books? All of the above? I'd love to hear.