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3 Thrillers On My Radar

August 18, 2016

I’m not normally one for thrillers, but since reading both Mud Vein and The Lie, more and more have been catching my eye. These are three books that sound super creepy and perfect for the months ahead where I tend to put down the contemporary and pick up the creepy…

thriller tbr

Daisy In Chains by Sharon Bolton immediately caught my eye thanks to its intriguing synopsis – an alleged mass-murderer who has his own fan club, thanks to being so charismatic and irresistible to women, who wants a particular lawyer to prove his innocence. I’m already interested to see how it pans out!

I Found You by Lisa Jewell doesn’t sound quite as intense as Daisy In Chains, but still has a mystery at its core, involving a man who can’t remember, the woman who takes him in, and a woman whose new husband has gone missing, leaving her alone in a brand new country.

The Method by Shannon Kirk is probably the most intense of the three, with a 16-year-old pregnant girl who is kidnapped, but the kidnappers don’t realise how much danger they’ve actually put themselves in. It sounds super dark and twisted, so I’m definitely game to pick up a copy soon!

4 Health & Fitness Books I’m Reading to Educate Myself

August 8, 2016

Okay, so I’m trying to get back on that #fitlife once more, it’s gotten off to a slow start but I’m all for thinking slow and steady wins the race haha. I’m a firm believer that being educated helps you succeed with whatever you’re doing, so I’ve decided to purchase a few books to help me understand the way my body works, and how best to treat it to get the results I want.

Also, can we talk about how cringey some of the titles are? I mean, come on. Some of them verge very close to being a Kindle only book so no-one can see what I’m reading. (But not really because we all know that I don’t care what people think anymore.)

Health and Fitness book collage

Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle and Thinner, Leaner, Stronger both come highly recommended by the IIFYM community, so I’m interested to see if I can pick up some tips that I can implement in my day to day life and stick with for longer than 24 hours.

I grabbed a copy of Intuitive Eating, and started reading it and was surprised at how it resonated with me, and I’m excited to continue on with it soon to see if I carry on relating to it like I was.

And finally, I bought Strength Training for Fat Loss on a whim, mainly because I am limited in what exercise I can do at the moment without waking up the rest of the house, and strength training with a kettlebell or dumbbells is kind of perfect at the moment, but I need more of a structured routine to follow. Pinterest is great, but I’m wary of following guides created by people who may not have a great deal of training knowledge.

Any health and fitness books you’d recommend? I’m toying with the idea of creating regular fitness posts as I embark on this journey for the 175484th time, so if that’s something you’re interested in, let me know and I’ll see what I can create!

 

Next on my TBR pile|mood reading picks

July 11, 2016

I haven’t read a single book in months, but I’m nearly finished with Me Before You, so I’ve started to timidly look at what I might like to pick up next…up next tbr

It’s (supposedly) summer now, and I love short stories, so hey, Summer Days & Summer Nights is bound to be a winner.

I LOVE MORGAN MATSON AND HER BOOKS. That is all.

I’ve already purchased After You because I’m kinda convinced I’m going to need to pick it up fairly soon after reading Me Before You.

And finally, The Raven King. Because I need to finish this series and I need to know how it all ends.

The Essence of Blogging

July 8, 2016

Okay, it’s kinda obvious that not a lot has been going on here in recent months. And I could bore you with a shit-ton of excuses like: ‘I’ve started a new job’ or ‘I’m just super busy in the evenings’ but there’s no point.

Blogging just doesn’t have the sparkle it used to. I used to love sitting on my laptop every evening sharing my thoughts and opinions on books with everyone, and I didn’t care if no-one read my posts or if everyone read them. I was blogging because I loved it and because I love books.

And now, it seems like blogging has become more of a numbers game than ever. And I hate that I allow myself to get sucked into the stupid thought that I’m only a “successful” blogger if I have X amount of followers or X amount of interactions on my posts. That’s not who I am and that’s not what blogging was ever about when I first started. So I’m determined to make an effort to ignore the numbers, to ignore what’s supposedly good or bad for SEO (I still don’t know what SEO really is, and at this moment in time, I really don’t care about it either.) and just share my thoughts and opinions on books and whatever else I want to talk about.

I’m taking back blogging for me.

So, I Read 10 Books on Holiday…|Recently Read

April 27, 2016

recently read

photo by Patrick Tomasso

I thought I’d start a new thing on the blog where I give a quick overview every so often about the books I’ve read recently, as the chances of them all being reviewed on the blog are pretty slim.

Is it obnoxious to read a lot when you’re on holiday with other people? I don’t think so, but I know I frustrated a couple of members of my party by reading so much. That wasn’t the aim, but I never get the chance to sit around literally ALL DAY and read, so I had to make the most of it.

As you’ve gathered from the title, I ended up reading 10 books in Cuba, which has done my Goodreads Challenge wonders, as I’m now 12 books ahead of schedule and over halfway through my goal of 40 books, which I’m guessing will be adjusted slightly as the year goes on, but we’ll have to see. Anyway, enough rambling from me, onto the books I devoured in the beginning of the month!

I started off by reading On the Road by Jack Kerouac on the plane to Cuba. It was interesting, but I can’t say I loved it. I didn’t really get it, and if I’m honest, I feel like the 15 year old me would have enjoyed it a great deal more than I did. I might talk about it further, I might not. I dunno.

warrior witch danielle l jensen book coverMoving swiftly on, I was lucky enough to be approved for Warrior Witch by Danielle L Jensen, the FINAL BOOK in the Malediction trilogy. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was to dive into this, and whilst I’m sad the series is over, I’m so happy with the way everything ended. Full, gushing, review to come soon!

As I mentioned in my holiday TBR post, I had downloaded the first two books in The Beaumont Series, Forever my Girl and My Unexpected Forever. Both of these were AMAZING, and I cannot wait to read the final three books in the series and then talk about the series as a whole. Easily a new favourite romance series.

Thanks to the gorgeous sunshine, I found myself on a real romance kick, and quickly flew through True North by Marie Force, an old Kindle freebie, and Playing at Love by Ophelia London, both of which I enjoyed as fluffy, easy-to-read romances. I also continued my new adult love affair with Jet by Jay Crownover and My Sweetest Escape by Chelsea M. Cameron. I adored both of these, and I’m now staring longingly at the rest of the Marked Men series on Amazon.

And then jumping around genres, as I like to do, I finally tore through United States of Japan by
Peter Tieryas
, a sci-fi “spiritual sequel” to The Man in High Castle and just absolutely mind-blowing. Full review to follow, as a poor attempt to decipher my thoughts properly.

And finally, on the plane journey home, I picked up Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller, which was utterly jaw-dropping and left me reeling with its shock ending. Easily one of the best adult fiction novels I’ve ever read.

My Holiday TBR

April 7, 2016

As you read this, I’ll be busy sunning myself in Cuba, sipping on plenty of cocktails, soaking up the sunshine and making my way through plenty of books! Obviously I’ve given plenty of thought to my holiday reading list, spending plenty of time trawling through blogs for book recommendations to download in preparation for my travels!jet jay crownover book cover

I loved Rule by Jay Crownover, so it was a no-brainer to download the second book in the Marked Men series, Jet. If it’s anything like Rule was, I’m going to speed through this book faster
than the speed of light, and no doubt kick myself that I didn’t think ahead and download Rome, and all the other books in the series!!

I also had to hit download on My Sweetest Escape, after super enjoying My Favourite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron. I’ve been on a real New Adult kick this year, and I haven’t read a dud one yet, so I’m sticking with authors I know and am pretty sure I’ll enjoy! I love how this isn’t a direct sequel to My Favourite Mistake but more of a companion.sanctum sarah fine book cover

I’m trying to work my way though older Kindle books, so I’ve made sure I’ve got all the Guards of the Shadowlands books ready to read, starting with Sanctum. I’ve heard lots of wonderful things about this series, and I’ve been in a real fantasy mood lately, so hopefully this series by Sarah Fine doesn’t disappoint!

I also treated myself to a book I’ve been wanting to read for years, and I’m so excited to finally have a copy sitting waiting for me on my Kindle. I am so looking forward to finally being able to read Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin. I know it’s contemporary but I’m not sure if it’s adult or new adult, but the synopsis sounds amazing so I know I’ll love it regardless!

Of course, I’ve got plenty more books lined up to read on my Kindle for the next two weeks, but I wanted to share some of the highlights I’ll be delving into whilst I’m relaxing on the beach or by the swimming pool!

Feeling Chatty

April 4, 2016

Hey! It’s been ages since I’ve properly sat down to write a bunch of posts, and you know what? I’ve really missed it! I’ve missed the blogging community and how friendly everyone is and how enthusiastic over books they are. Not many people around me read a great deal (apart from my mum, more on that later), so to dive back into a world where people understand why I’m so enthused over books is great. My lack of blogging hasn’t stopped me from buying books however, my most recent three physical purchases were Night Owls, Demon Road and The Dark Days Club. I’m super excited to dive back into some paranormal reads, as I haven’t touched the genre in years. Not properly, at least, but I’m planning on easing my way back in soon. I have yet another reason to add to the list of “why my boyfriend’s a keeper”: he bought me a Waterstones voucher for Valentine’s. I don’t do flowers and chocolates, and I told him if he was going to buy me anything for Valentine’s, it had to be practical. And he listened, bless him. Not to be outdone on the practical stakes, I bought him a drill-bit set for his fancy new drill he’s bought for work. What books have you bought recently? 

Okay, so my mum. She has a Kindle, and she reads loads, but mainly urban fantasy/paranormal romance/contemporary romance. We don’t talk books that often, apart from the occasional Nora Roberts recommendation (by mum to me), but I have got her started on a few of her favourite series myself, namely Black Dagger Brotherhood and the Guild Hunter series. I do wave the occasional YA paranormal under her nose if I think she’ll enjoy it, but I’m rarely taken up on the offer, as she’s not a fan of YA. So I was kinda surprised to find her reading The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and totally raving about it, finishing the book in three days and immediately downloading the second. I mean, I was stoked, but never thought that would be a book my mum would read. And now I’m totally spurred onto reading the series myself!

I also go on holiday to Cuba on the 5th April, and I am so excited. My boyfriend and I went to Mexico last June, and we said that there would be no holiday this year, but made an exception as it’s his grandparents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2016, so there’s 11 of us going to celebrate in Cuba. And I am so looking forward to two weeks in the glorious sunshine, sipping on the occasional cocktail and read to my heart’s content. I can’t swim, but the idea of lazing by a pool or on the beach with my Kindle seems like total heaven. I, of course, have been purchasing plenty of books for my holiday, even though I don’t need to buy anymore! And the lure of the airport bookshop will no doubt be too difficult to ignore as well, so I’ll have plenty of reading material to keep me entertained for the two weeks. What are your favourite beach reads? Are you going on holiday this year? Tell me where!

And finally, although I’ve no doubt bored everyone to tears, I can’t not share this news with you. I said earlier in the year that I was possibly looking for a new job, and now I’ve finally got one! I’m going to be going back to dispensing at the end of April, after my holiday, and I honestly couldn’t be more happy. I’m so excited for what the future holds and I just feel so positive at the moment, which is a really nice feeling to have when you haven’t felt it in a long while! How are you guys doing?

 

 

New Year, A Better Me | 2016 Resolutions

January 1, 2016

*insert typical comment over how quick the year has gone*

Yes, 2015 is over and 2016 has just begun, and with a new year comes a new set of resolutions I’m hoping to work on in the next twelve months. I’m not going too specific in these resolutions, I’m aiming for more generalised, but still attainable goals.

New Year, a Better Me 2016 resolutions

Unsurprisingly, my number one resolution for 2016 is to get healthy, and be a lot more active than I currently am. I do have some pretty good motivation in the form of a holiday to Cuba in April, and I’d love to feel healthier and happier with myself by the time we step on the plane. I feel like I’m finally in the right mindset to make these positive changes and actually get behind the idea of healthy living, instead of making yet another half-hearted attempt and giving up after a few days because, chocolate.

I’m going to be monitoring my progress on MyFitnessPal, purely because I’ve had success with it in the past, and I love the app and the website. I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s what works best for you, right?

I’m also looking at self-improvement in 2016, in all areas of my life. I want to better myself as a person. I want to feel totally, 100% happy with the person I am, and finally feel at peace with myself as a person.

I’m also considering a career change soon. Possibly. I’m in two minds about it. I really do enjoy my job, but not as much as I did when I first joined. I think I need to look into how I can be happy in my current role, and if the answer is that I can’t, then it’ll definitely be time to move on.

So those are my personal resolutions for 2016, I’ll be sharing my bookish resolutions with you all on Tuesday.

What’s your number one resolution for 2016? Or do you not bother setting them? 

Unexplained Absences

November 18, 2015

unexplained absences

I feel like I’m writing these posts far too often. So, once again, I do apologise.

I’m currently in the middle of decorating and moving house with my parents. My radio silence was rather unexpected, thanks to our internet supplier unceremoniously cutting off our broadband supply in the middle of October, and we can only afford to have one lot of broadband running, the connection went into the new house. Thanks to working long hours, I’m rarely down here for longer than ten minutes a day, meaning I haven’t had time to blog. On the plus, I’ve had plenty of time to read. I’m not going to start throwing around guesses of when I’ll be back. It’ll happen when we’re moved in and settled, I would imagine. But you never know. I’m currently sitting in an empty house waiting for my new desk to arrive, so I’ll probably bash out a few posts as I’ve got the time to this morning. I’ve never owned a desk before. I’m excited. Is that sad? Probably.

To the authors and publishers I owe posts to: they will be posted on here, I do promise you. I cannot thank you for your patience. (Maybe some will be on here sooner rather than later, depending on what words I can type out!)

The 6 Best Books I Read This Summer

October 17, 2015

I went on a massive reading binge throughout the summer, and I managed to get a ridiculous amount of reading done. And they were all good books! I didn’t read a single mediocre or worse book throughout the summer months, which I’m taking as a personal achievement. And because I’ve been so lax with getting my reviews written and posted, I thought I’d share with you my 6 favourites.

6 best books i read this summer

I’m only including the books I read after I went to Mexico, so from mid-June onwards, up until the end of August, because that was when my reading kind of pattered off again and I kind of stopped reading…again.

6 best books I read in summer collage

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson – this book just confirmed that if Jandy Nelson writes it, I will read it. Wow. ALL THE FEELS. This left me broken, deflated, uplifted, all in the turn of a page. Easily one of the best reads of the year for me.

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher – totally took me by surprise! Do not let the cover fool you, this is an intense mystery/thriller that will leave you guessing til the very end.

One by Sarah Crossan – I’ve already written about my thoughts on One, so I won’t go into too much detail. But this is a book for you if you want an emotional rollercoaster.

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Alertalli – Whatever hype you’ve heard surrounding this book, you need to believe it. Seriously. It’s that good.

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas – YES. Just a blissful YES. It’s not a sweet, fluffy read, but my goodness, it’s worth reading.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – I’m so cross with myself for waiting so long to read this book, but I’m also so happy that I waited until summer to read it. Seriously, the most perfect time to pick this one up.

What were your favourite reads of the summer?