Book Buying Ban!

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! So sorry I have been absent lately, it turns out third babies like to play games of false labour with you…how fun! But I’m back and baby is still cooking for now, but I will warn you that it could be any day now (so if I disappear for a bit you’ll know why)! Rest assured my March Wrap up and April tbr will be coming at you this week!

Anyway, enough of that, today’s post is all about my new rule – No more buying books!


Okay, so let me start by saying that this is long overdue for me! I have an impulse problem when it comes to purchasing books, and I’m finally putting my foot down! I buy more a month than I can physically get through, and that’s just stupid. I have decided that I need to behave myself and tackle the books I have on my shelves – which is too damn many!

So, for the foreseeable I will not be buying any new books, and clearly you don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to note I said NEW. Which means I am allowing myself the treat every now and then to purchase a pre-loved book if I manage to work through a load of my tbr! This is just an option – to be honest, I plan not to buy any, but knowing me I have to factor in the urge to buy lol!

I just think it’s time for me to get through my huge tbr and this at least ensures I’m checking off more than I’m bringing home. That being said, I will point out I have kindle unlimited, and may venture down that avenue occasionally too, but since I’m off kindle reading right now (yes, still) I don’t see that being a big issue.

Anyone want to join me on my good behaviour? We could struggle together lol?

How many books a month do you read? Are you terrible for book buying like me? Or are you a good booklover, and rarely buy new? Let me know in the comments below!

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!

Reading Update #7

Hey Beautiful Booklovers!! Another week another, another reading update!

Sorry this one is coming at you so late in the day, but I’ve been suffering a bit with my chronic pain etc, so things haven’t gone swimmingly the last few days!

Anyway enough of that, lets get to it!

Books I have read since last update

You may remember I was having a tough reading week last week, and the week before but this past week has gone better thankfully. I’ve managed to read Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller and An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson.

Both were fairly short reads (300-350 pages) which I think really helped with my mini slump!

Books I am currently reading

I’m about 100 pages from finishing the red queen, maybe a little less than that which is good, and I’ll let you know my thoughts on it when it’s completed!

I honestly haven’t tried again with crown of feathers again, its not the book, I think it’s me on kindle at the moment. I’m not having any luck with any of my kindle reads, and that’s why I’ve only managed to finish physical copies this week. Not sure why I’m having this issue, quite frankly it’s a pain in the ass 😭😂! I Normally love reading on my kindle 😭!

Books I plan to read next

I want to finish crown of feathers and once and future but as both are on my kindle I’m not so sure it will be a success, I may pick up Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones next just because I’m in the mood for some faerie stories!

Random Tidbits

I have a review coming tomorrow for Warrior of the Wild so keep an eye out for that, I’m excited to talk about this book!

What are you currently reading? How has your past week been? Let me know in the comments as usual, you know I love hearing what you are all up to 😘!

How I Feel About Book Adaptations

Being fans of books you would think that when we hear the word adaptation uttered, we would suddenly get giddy with excitement, right? No. Most book-lovers, myself included, cringe and the most prominent thought that enters the mind? I really hope they don’t ruin that story. We have all been there when our beloved stories and characters have been massacred. For me it happened when I was still a kid and had fallen in love with Phillip Pullman’s series His Dark Material. I was barely containable when I found out that they were making it into a movie, and my childlike excitement got a hard reality check. The movie was terrible, and left little Book Steff feeling very disappointed.

Okay, so maybe they aren’t all that bad, and maybe the younger me was just feeling bitter about one of my childhood favourite book being turned into a mess. Truth is, it can be done well. We all know that. Harry Potter for example is a book series I loved as a kid, and I adored all the movies. In fact, I religiously went to the cinema every time a new one released, but the difference? It was true to the feel of Hogwarts, the cast was spot on, and everything I visually needed from it was given to me. The problem I mainly have with adaptations, no it isn’t the subtle changes of character developement or plot, it is that most don’t achieve the correct sense of feeling I get when I read the book. There isn’t that immersive feeling when you sink into the pages of a new world, and it can be done!…Hello Game of Thrones anyone?

I suppose I’m ranting a bit and I must confess it may or may not have something to do with the fact Netflix are adapting Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher series this year. Might be something to do with that…maybe…okay a lot to do with that. I’m scared people! I’m terrified they are going to ruin such a magical world, and amazing characters. I am open to changes, but I need to feel as though I am in that world, surrounded by all the wonders and chaos etc. I need it to have a sense of itself in there.

How do you feel when movies/ TV series come from your favourite books? Are you apprehensive, and a pent up ball of nerves like me? Or are you excited at the prospect of what could be? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear what you think.

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!

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.