Reading Update #8

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! Another week and another reading update! I can’t believe a week has passed already, it just seems crazy to me! I feel like I haven’t gotten a lot of reading done since I last updated you all, but I have finished another book so that’s something I guess!

Books I have read since last update

So, in my last update I mentioned I was about 100 pages from finishing Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, and I did finish it that night so yay me! I know there are some of you who want to know my thoughts on this book so I plan on doing a review for it at some point – keep an eye out for that!

Another book I started and finished since my last update is Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. It’s roughly about 500 pages so that is why I haven’t gotten much else read this week, however I wasn’t as pleased with this book as I wanted to be, and while the writing was beautiful the book itself fell short in my opinion. Trust me when I say no one is more upset by this than me!

Books I am currently reading

I have tried again with Once and Future, but I honestly think it is the format letting me down at the moment. I just can’t seem to read anything on my kindle [crying hysterically be right back]. It is so frustrating because I love reading on kindle. It means I can read in bed without keeping the light on. It means I can carry it easily where ever I go, but no…clearly it isn’t working for me right now, and it’s heart breaking!

I have picked up Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill today, so literally am about 10 pages into it right now, but am excited about this story, as I have heard many good things! Let me know if you have read it and what your thoughts were.

Books I plan to read next

Same as last week, I generally want to read the arcs I have, but we shall have to see, because as I said e-copies aren’t doing so well on my tbr at the moment! If not then I will probably pick up something with a dragon in it to lift my spirits aha!

What are you reading at the moment? Have you read any that I have mentioned above? If yes, what were your thoughts? Also, how many of you want to see a full review for Red Queen, or are you happy for me to talk about it in my wrap up alone?

The Versatile Blogger Award!

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Huge, huge thank you to Mani over at Mani’s Book Corner for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award! You’re awesome Mani! Go check her out Booklovers! I am so excited/ nervous to share some facts with you all; it’s always scary for me to share things on her that focus on myself, but I am really excited to do it nonetheless!

Rules

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award.

  • Thank the person who gave you the award.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

7 Facts About Me!

  1. I am a complete science geek, I love all things Quantum Physics, and Quantum Mechanics, as well as Astrophysics! I just find it so fascinating because there are so many theories to wrap your head around, and the facts are always altering. (Not to mention that even those dedicated to studying it find it difficult to contemplate!)
  2. I love to draw! I am terrible at it lol, but nonetheless I love to try, and whilst I’ll never sell anything it’s a nice way for me to unwind.
  3. I sing…a lot! I feel very sorry for my neighbours because I am always belting out tunes at the top of my lungs whilst doing simple tasks like laundry etc. I’ve not had any complaints (yet) but I still feel for them all the same!
  4. I joined the Army at 16 to be a part of something bigger than myself, and that is how I came to meet my husband!
  5. I have a chronic pain issue from an injury sustained during service which causes a lot of issues throughout my day to day life.
  6. I love to write, and currently have several projects; a few are finished (though will not see the light of day aha!) and the rest are either ideas or are in the process of being written. I write primarily for myself, again like the drawing, it is a way for me to unwind and calm myself. It helps me de-stress and I don’t know if I’ll ever publish, but I will continue to write regardless for my own enjoyment.
  7. Since I was 12 I have suffered with disordered eating, I am very lucky to have the support of my husband who always helps me stay on track, and I have not had a relapse in a long time, but it is still something I have to deal with, and believe these things should be spoken about instead of hidden.

My Nominees

Brittany over at Bookaholic Brittany

Ashley over at Bubbly Booknerd

Jules over at One More Word

Ali over at Tea and Turned Pages

Emily over at Emily Kate Reads

Stephanie over at Between Folded Pages

Kat over at Rustic Pages

Emily over at A Short Book Lover

Jackie over at Bookish Coffee Blog

Misty over at Misty’s Book Space

Savannah over at Geekish Books

Stephen over at Stephen Writes

Mireille and Melanie over at TBR and Beyond

Joleen over at Starlight Book Tales

Lucy over at A Novel Purpose

Please link back to me when/ if you take part so that I can read more about you! I apologise in advance if any of the above have been nominated already.

So there you have it some facts about me, and my nominations for The Versatile Blogger Award!

Series I Still Haven’t Finished!

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! I will firstly apologise profusely for my absence, I haven’t been on here a lot, and the truth of it is that whilst the cold/flu finally decided to leave I still have the small thing of being at the end of my pregnancy lol! I am getting pretty close to my due date and my energy levels have plummeted, so please stick with me booklovers – I’m trying!

Secondly, I’ve been meaning to do this post for a couple of weeks now. It was supposed to go alongside the post I did on Series I Don’t Plan on Finishing. Anyway, better late than never! This is a lit of series that I have started, like, and fully intend to continue on with soon!

1 – The Grisha Triology By Leigh Bardugo

So, I’ve finished the first book Shadow and Bone, and I honestly really enjoyed it! To be completely honest with you I have no idea why it is taking me so long – perhaps because I got spoiled for the ending of book 3…Yes I am crying!!! I guess because of that I am really scared to continue, but considering I enjoyed book one, and love the world I really do want to come back to it!

2 – Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Again I have read the first book, and really enjoyed it, but still…still haven’t continued on with it! Ahhh! I need to continue, I will continue, but as of yet still haven’t. I am shame faced right now!

3 – Hush Hush by Rebecca Fitzpatrick

Okay, this series is fairly recent to me, and if I’m honest…I am trash for it! I’ve only got one more book to read, and I think I’m putting it off because, well, it’s the end!! It’s always bittersweet for me to finish a series, the excitement is always accompanied by sorrow!

4 – Strange the Dreamer Duology by Laini Taylor

As you may know I recently read this (last month) and I fully intend to continue on with the story, because honestly how could I not! That ending was insane! Honestly, to those who haven’t read it, jump on the damn train!

5 – The Farseer Triology by Robin Hobb

Another one I recently read, and of course am excited to see how it continues. I really like Robin Hobb’s writing, and really believe the next book in this trilogy will step things up!

6 – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I read Cinder a while back and adored it! It was awesome; the setting, the premise, the writing! The only reason I didn’t continue straight away was because I borrowed this from the library, and they didn’t have the second book [cries dramatically]! After that I just picked up something else, and unfortunately forgot to pick this series back up again! But I will continue because I NEED to know what happens!

7 – The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I read the first book (yes, this one too!) but need to pick up the others. I have the next one sitting waiting for my attention, but as of yet haven’t reached for it. I am late to this series, but do want to continue with it at some point in the near future.

8 – Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

When this first came out I grabbed it. I read it, and thought hmm it was okay…not as amazing as I wanted but okay. Then the second book came out and I heard people claim that it was everything they wanted/ needed from the first. So, of course I was intrigued, and picked it up from the shop, but still haven’t actually read it! WTF! I have a problem!

9 – The Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard

This is a book I literally just finished last week, but I’m adding it to this list because this series has been on my TBR for so damn long! I enjoyed this book and I can honestly say I wasn’t overwhelmed by it, but I am interested in where it is going to go, and for that reason I will continue.

10 – The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

I love dragons! Have I ever mentioned that? I loved this book, and it was such an interesting dragon story. I still haven’t finished the series though, but I fully intend to because…DRAGONS!

That was hard work! Trying to think of 10 was more difficult than I originally anticipated, but we got there in the end!

Have you read any of these series? Or like me have you started them, but not quite gotten around to finishing them yet? Are you outraged by any of the above, I love knowing what reads you all love and adore, or on the flip side dislike. Let me know in the comments below!

Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller Review

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! The book in the spotlight today is the awesome Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller!!

I have to say I’m a sucker for a warrior themed book! I just adore the whole shield maiden vibe, and when it’s done well always leaves me feeling empowered!


You can buy your copy here from Amazon!
  • Title: Warrior of the Wild
  • Author: Tricia Levenseller
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (1 Mar. 2019)
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • ISBN-10: 1250189942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250189943
  • My Rating: 4.5*

Synopsis – From Amazon

Eighteen-year-old Rasmira has always been both praised and scorned for her talents. As her father’s chosen heir, she has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village.

Fortunately, her long wait is almost over and after she passes her coming-of age trial, she’ll finally be able to live on her own and not have to deal with her mother’s constant rejection or the jealousy of her peers. Perhaps then she will be able to be both a warrior and a woman. But when trial day arrives, everything goes terribly wrong. Her test is sabotaged, and by law all those who fail are banished and given an impossible quest to reclaim their honor in death. And Rasmira is given the most difficult quest of them all: She must kill the oppressive deity who claims tribute from her village every year or die in the attempt.

My Review

The short version? I really loved this book. Give me female warriors, and axes any day! Tricia Levenseller is great in her ability to tell a good story in a short book.

Okay so, I loved the world, I loved the creatures, and I loved the characters.

The world was one I would happily steal into…you know, if I was a bad-ass warrior who could take down all the dangerous creatures! We follow Rasmira on her journey into banishment after she is wrongly sabotaged in her coming of age trials. What I loved about this book was Rasmira’s character arc! She really comes into herself so much throughout the 336 pages. You get to see her develop, and trust and oh my gosh, I loved it!

The creatures…honestly I really loved all the new crazy and dangerous things that roamed in the wild of this novel. I always get excited about new creatures in books, and Tricia Levenseller didn’t disappoint me!

Now, if you have read Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King duology, you may know that she is a fan of sexy romances. This book did have a romance element to it, but what I loved about it was that it did not overpower the main plot. It was there, but my attention was still firmly in place where the characters overall goals lay.

This book gave me action, teamwork, great character arcs, great world building, and amazing new creatures.

Overall, I would say pick it up if you love a good female warrior, beautiful friendships, complex family dynamic and an awesome fantasy world.

My only regret? It’s a standalone [insert – me crying into a pillow]!

Have you read this book yet? Is it on your TBR (It definitely should be Booklovers)? I’m so happy I read this book, but then again I am a massive fan of anything even loosely viking themed! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Which Reading Format is Best?

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! Today is a post about reading formats. I did a poll a while ago on Twitter asking you what your favourite format to read in was, and I was seriously shocked by the results.

I thought I’d start with an overview of the main reading formats (though if you are reading this, your will most likely know this anyway).

  1. Physical books – In both Hardcover and Paperback
  2. Ebooks – Your kindle/ other electronic variations
  3. Audiobooks – Listening to the story rather than physically reading it with your eyes.

All very basic knowledge, and my intention isn’t to teach you how to suck eggs, but I just wanted to let you know the options I put out there for the poll.

Admittedly I did expect a large portion of people to favour physical copies, however I really didn’t expect so much of a divide, and I also expected at least one vote for audio…but there were none!!

There seems to be this weird thing within the book community that stipulates ebooks or audiobooks “aren’t real books” and my response is simple…”Why?” If you are listening to or reading a book in electronic format you are still consuming the story and therefore why on earth doesn’t that count? It really baffles me. Would you tell someone who had lost their sight that audiobooks aren’t valid? No, not unless you are a word I won’t repeat. It really is silly that people feel the need to set up a barrier between themselves and those who read in different formats. If you consume a story, and love it, then what is the issue really? I myself often flit between my kindle, and physical copies. I also on occasion pick up an audiobook, and guess what?…there is nothing wrong with that!

I really don’t think there is one format that is better than another. I think that there is usually one or two that suit a person best, and if that works for them, and ensures they are reading…then great! Audiobooks or kindle aren’t for everyone, but as my mother likes to point out (She only reads on kindle) “I read far too many books to carry them around with me when I travel, and I happen to like forests. This way I can still read.” For my mother she was unhauling a couple dozen books a month – she reads rougly a book a day!! Kindle is what works for her, anything works for me, I will consume a story in any state I can get my hands on, and for others – some prefer to listen to audio whilst getting their errands and housework done, which I can totally relate to!

Although I’m waffling, my point is this – there is no best reading format out there, only what works for you! No matter how you consume it, you are still accessing the story, and still supporting the author in the process. I try not to get caught up in the elitism of only hardcovers etc, (although even I can admit they are so pretty to look at lol)! What is important is that you are reading, and enjoying that pastime.

What format do you personally like to read in? Do you think reading is reading no matter the format? Or do you feel audiobooks are ‘cheating’? I’m really curious of your responses to this, as I often find people either lean one way or the other on this topic. Let me know in the comments below!

The Binding by Bridget Collins Review

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! Today I am coming at you with an overdue review for The Binding by Bridget Collins! I read this book a couple of weeks ago, and now that I can consolidated my thoughts I am finally ready to give you my opinions on this book!

You can buy a copy here on Amazon
  • Title: The Binding
  • Author: Bridget Collins
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: The Borough Press (10 Jan. 2019)
  • Genre: Historical Fantasy
  • ISBN-10: 0008272115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008272111
  • My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis From Amazon

Imagine you could erase your grief.
Imagine you could forget your pain.
Imagine you could hide a secret.
Forever.

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded.

Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.

My Review

You know as general rule I try to keep things non-spoiler, and this review is no different in that department, though that really is a tough feat!

From the synopsis you think you know what your getting into with this book, at least I did, but let me tell you this book was not what I expected it to be! Nevertheless, the writing was gorgeous, the characters in-depth, and the plot…wow that plot takes you on a ride.

There was so much I didn’t expect to encounter. So much I just didn’t see coming, and quite honestly I really had an unexpected surprise with this book; not because I didn’t expect it to be good, but because I was expecting something, got something else, and yet still managed to really enjoy it. That in itself is an unusual thing for me.

There isn’t a whole lot of focus on the magic of book binding, but what is there is sound enough, and to be honest this is a book that is focused firmly on the characters – whom I adored/ hated where necessary. There is so much to love about this book – the story line for one, the relationships for another, and I really am glad I read it (even if I originally picked it up thinking it would be more magic focused etc,).

If you like historical type fiction/ magical realism with lgtbq+ representation, I honestly think you can’t go wrong with a book like this. I laughed and I cried, which to me shows the great skill of an authors ability to make you feel a part of their world.

Have you read this book? Or are you planning on reading it? Let me know in the comments below! I’m always happy to fangirl/ boy over books with you all!

Reading Update #6

Another week and another reading update! So, another week has gone by and guess what? I still have the damn cold! It is ridiculous! Damn my supressed immune system! However, despite me feeling like rubbish I do have some things to update you on…yay!

Also on a side note – my uni assignment is all sent off which means a small reprieve, and therefore…more time for reading!! Wohoo!

I have to confess I am suffering from the temptation to change up my tbr a little this month. I keep thinking I might swap out some reads and replace them with other, but I’m going to try to stick with it!…for now anyway!

Books I have Read

Since I last updated you all I have managed to pick up and finish The Extinction Trials by S M Wilson, and I have to say that I did enjoy this little story, it was very fun, and I was really in need of something short and fun.

Books I am Currently Reading

Yes, I am still trying to read Crown of Feathers this month, no I haven’t picked it back up [crying with face buried in hands]. I just can’t seem to want to get into this, which is annoying because I am only 10% into the story and know that if I keep going I will most likely end up enjoying it! To give myself a break from the stress of it, I have picked up Once and Future, and I’m really interested in the story so far – which is good news, and hopefully should finish it very soon, so that I can post a review for you all!

Books to Read Next

Obviously, I intend to get through Crown of Feathers, because…I NEED TO! lol, but after that I think I’ll go onto Red Queen (even though I am tempted to shake things up and read Scythe instead (send help I’m terrible)!

As you can see once again, not a lot going on this week, but hopefully once this bloody cold goes I will be able to get back up and running!

What are you reading this week? What have you really enjoyed reading recently? Any deviations from the tbr, or are you still sticking with it? Let me know in the comments below!

My Favourite Tropes!

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! Some of you may recall I did a post about tropes that I really can’t stand, and so instead of being Mrs Negativity Monster I decided to also do a post on tropes I am completely trash for!

As always please remember this is only my opinion. You may hate these tropes, and that is totally fine, in fact I imagine some of you will lol, but this is just my list of tropes I love to read!

1 – The Chosen One

Okay, so I know some of you are already rolling your eyes at me right now, but I can’t help it! I’m trash for this trope! Give me Harry Potter vibes any day! I know this is overdone, trust me I am aware, but when done well nothing beats a good old chosen one saving the day!

2 – Enemies to Lovers

Yup, that’s right! I love the heated tension of two people disliking each other and watching it dissolve then develop into feelings! Examples that come to mind are Rowan and Aelin from the ToG series, Lucien and Emmett from The Bindng, Nik and Hanna from Gemina (even though technically Nik was always for Hanna lol) But you get the idea!

3 – Forbidden Love

You know, when two characters know they shouldn’t, but can’t help but fall for each other! Gets me every time! I told you all before…I’m a romantic, and just can’t help it! I love the idea of the odd being against them, but that the pull to each other is too great to ignore! Yes, I am actually swooning just thinking about this trope!

4 – The Betrayal

I’m not sure what else to call this one, but what I mean is when the story evolves and then a massive plot twist comes along…the one where you find out the person who is so close to the MC is actually the one fanning the fire etc. The betrayal of the person that the main character never even suspected! This can be predictable, and so I can only tolerate it if I am blind to what is going on – If the twist comes as an utter shock!

5 – The Underdog

Come on, who doesn’t love to root for the underdog? How can anyone not?! This trope is just amazing, and I love watching the underdog take on the battles and win. There is just such a good feel to this trope – the feeling that the every day man/ woman can achieve their goals, or save the world etc. I am such a sucker for this trope it’s ridiculous!

There you have it, a short list of tropes I love. What are some of your favourite tropes? (I am positive that as I’m writing this I have forgotten a load lol). Do you agree or disagree with any of the above? Let me know in the comments below!

Reading Update #5

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! Another week and another reading update! Where does time go? I’m back to doing my reading update on a Wednesday, last week was a one off, because of how the cards fell etc.

Anyway, my reading this week is a little bit disappointing for a couple of reasons. 1 – that I am still ill and therefore feel like death warmed up. 2 – I have a tonne of Uni work to get through, which means my reading this week has involved history and art etc, rather than my beloved fiction books!

Books I have finished in the past week

So, I finished the gorgeous The Priory of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. I intend to upload my review for this either tomorrow (which is my normal review day) or at the weekend as I have a couple I want to review this weekend. Either way, the beautiful beast of a book is finished, and I really loved it. You will definitely see the review this week, because I am so excited to chat about this book!

Books I am currently reading

I am still currently reading Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto, but haven’t managed to pick it up because of the above reasons. So far it is promising, but then again it is still very early days so I’ll let you know how I get on.

I am debating picking up an audio whilst I am still unable to get any physical reading done, but am still undecided on what to pick up.

So, as you can see not a whole lot to up date you on today, but things to take away – Priory was great and the review will be up soon, being ill sucks, and Uni is busy. Other than that nothing new to report.

What have you been reading this past week? What are you currently reading? Hopefully you have had more time to read than me. Let me know in the comments below.

Tropes That I Hate

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! So, after my post yesterday about series I don’t intend to finish, I thought I would write a post about my most disliked tropes. Some tropes literally have me putting down a book at the first sign, and the writing could be great, the storyline fairly good, but as soon as certain tropes rear their head I’m unable to continue.

Please note some of these tropes may be your favourites, and that is completely okay. As always this is my personal opinion, and I love hearing when you guys agree with me, or on the other hand think I’m wrong. So, please bear in mind this is not an attack on you if you like these tropes. It is just my list of disliked tropes. 


1 – Love Triangles

I’ve already mentioned I hate this trope, but let me tell you why. The love triangle often revolves around an individual (most commonly a girl) who has two other individuals pining over them. The problem I have with this trope is the indecision that comes from the main character. Now, correct me if I’m wrong people but ‘most’ individuals would rather have a love interest who only wants them, am I right? Why on earth would you want someone who can’t decide between you, and someone else? Why would you continue trying to win the affection of someone who clearly can’t decide if you are important enough to them. It drives me bloody loopy! I can’t even tell you how much this annoys me. I want a romance that burns, one that isn’t “oh I don’t know if I should choose x or y!”. Why is that so hard! I know the point of the love triangle is to create a form of tension within the romantic sub-plot etc, but trust me…tension can come from other areas!

2 – Asshole Guys

Okay, so that was a bit unspecific. I don’t hate an asshole guy in books – not at all. What I hate is the constant way they are portrayed. How many books have you read when the guy tries to force himself on the girl all of a sudden? Too many? Yeah me too. I’m so sick of the representation that for a guy to be a ass he has to be handsy or rapey. Yes, it happens, your girl here knows it, but that doesn’t mean I need every asshole to try rape in a book. Be creative please. Guys and girls can be shitty without using sexual assault. It really annoys me that when an author wants to show how terrible a guy is they must add it in. Can we not add in something else. Terrible personality, megalomaniac tendencies, selfishness etc? Anything? I’m just so over this damn trope. (I should say I don’t mind rape being represented in books- not at all, but I am sick of the crutch that is ‘to be a dick he has to sexually assault someone. I think there are better ways to show someone is a flawed character)

3 – Miscommunication

I know a lot of people like this one, but for me it just frustrates. When two or more characters misunderstand, and it leaves their relationship or the plot estranged because of it. The whole time this plays out I am so vexed I struggle to enjoy the book. Why can’t they just talk?! Why? I know it is designed to leave you feeling this way, but it honestly isn’t an enjoyable experience for me when I have to read it. We are adults – we can use words, right? Apparently not when it comes to this trope.

4 – Instalove

Speaks for itself. I really dislike coming across a book where there is no relationship build up. It goes from 0 to 60 faster than a McLaren P1, and I honestly don’t know who exactly thinks that is a good idea? I like seeing a relationship develop from friendship/ mutual respect into something beautiful. I like seeing the moment when things change, and knowing how its going to turn out (Yes, I’m a romantic…get over it!). The real problem with instalove is that I am rarely ever invested in it, and therefore care not what happens with the couple etc. That makes my reading experience not a great one which is why I tend to stay away from them. I know they can sometimes work, and didn’t mind Lazlo and Sarai, so if you know of any you think will change my mind hit me up in the comments.

5 – When the main character thinks they know better

I’m talking about that moment when they decide “Hey, I know what…I’ll go off on my own and damn the consequences because, you now, I know best!” This is so annoying! I get so angry at this moment. Like the whole novel they have had sense but then think “nah let’s do this instead.” It often leads to an absolute mess of panicking characters and I can’t deal with it. I have to put down the book and walk away when I encounter this trope normally.

Let me know in the comments what your most disliked tropes are. Are any of the above your faves, or do you agree? Next week I plan to do a post on my favourite tropes, so stayed tuned for that.