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WWW Wednesday: 6th September 2017

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

I took a break in between the first and second book of this series, and perhaps I shouldn’t because I seem to have lost interest. The first book moved nicely, but this one seems to drag a big as if to fill space. I honestly can’t believe I’m halfway through and nothing has really happened!

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What did you recently finish reading?

Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

Even though this book was not what I expected it held my attention nonetheless. I hope there is a sequel because I feel there is more to Mikami’s story than what was already told.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

Next book, I swear!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

It takes a LOT for me to put down a book unfinished, so I often find myself struggling to get through a book that just isn’t that great (for me) because I can’t justify putting it down.

1. It by Stephen King

I’m aware everyone seems to love this book, and I liked most parts of it myself, but it was not an easy read. I was hoping for something terrifying but I should’ve known what to expect from King’s drug-fuelled writing days! It was more messed than anything. Plus, it was over 1,000 pages long! Nevertheless I’m going to see the film on Friday.

2. The Kindness by Polly Samson

This was a book that I didn’t enjoy. As mentioned in a previous blog, the change in timelines was too subtle and a lot of the times it just left me confused. I couldn’t empathise with any of the characters and I wound up just barely finishing it.

3. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

I’ve said SO much about how much I didn’t enjoy this book on my blog. First things first, use quotation marks, Sally! It’s hard to know when a character is talking or not. And, like The Kindness, the characters were so bland that I just couldn’t connect with them. Rooney needs to learn what Irish people really act like, rather than Hollywood-ing us up!

4. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

I keep reading books by this author and yet her stories keep disappointing me. I actually read ahead in this book because the story-line was borderline torture. Her characters are too stereotypical, which was also the case with her next book The Woman in Cabin 10 (but I listened to that on audio so it wasn’t as much a struggle). Nevertheless I know I’ll still read her new book The Lying Game because she’s damn good at reeling the reader in with her synopsis’!

5. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Another “classic” on my list. This was purely a struggle because of the writing, Burgess was writing in a tongue I wasn’t used to following in a book and so it was a struggle to keep going when I spent a lot of time re-reading each sentence. I enjoyed it regardless.

6. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

Yet another “classic” (apparently). This book was awful, in my opinion. I get it was written at a time when racism and sexism were rife, but it was supposed to be set in the future and yet the author seemed to hold on to these stereotypes. Looking back I honestly don’t know how I managed to finish it because half the time I didn’t even know what was happening.

7. The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

I studied Joseph Campbell in my Positive Psychology class and I found his concept of the Hero’s Journey fascinating, especially when I learned that George Lucas wrote Star Wars with it in mind. However, there was a LOT of mythology in this book that it was hard to keep going because I was overloaded with information.

8. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

I’m going to be very honest here, I read this book to impress a guy I had a crush on at the time! Like Joseph Campbell, Gaarder fills this book with a tonne of information that becomes the equivalent of reading a college textbook from cover to cover. Instead of mythology, this was full of philosophy. Still a good story!

9. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

I’ve read a total of two Picoult books and I’ve found both to be emotionally draining. There’s no doubt that she is a very talented writer, but I just don’t have the emotional drive that it takes for me to read her books.

10. Dracula by Bram Stoker

I haven’t actually finished this, I’m ashamed to say. But I will!

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Throwback Thursday: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Throwback Thursday is a book meme created by Renee (itsbooktalk) as a way to share your old favourites and reminisce about why you loved them so much.

This week I have chosen The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. Ever since I read the Chaos Walking trilogy by the same author, I’ve been a fan of Ness’s books. This one especially.

Goodreads Synopsis

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?22910900

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…

Why I love this book

I love this book because it takes a look at the other characters. When I read books/watch films like Twilight, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, etc. I feel a sense of pity for the characters that aren’t involved in the main story line and are going about their “dull” lives. But I also wonder, what do they do? And in this book Ness gives me an answer. He explores characters who have to sit back while the “chosen ones” risk blowing up the high school yet again. It’s an interesting, sometimes humorous, take on the side characters who don’t get to shine.

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WWW Wednesday: 23rd August 2017

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?

Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

I bought this a couple of years ago thinking it was a crime thriller, and I’m not saying it isn’t, but it’s certainly not what I expected it to be. It’s more of a story about police cover-up. Fourteen years ago a little girl was kidnapped in Japan and held for ransom. The kidnapper got his ransom but in a cruel twist he killed the little girl anyway. Mikama is Press Director longing to be back in his detective boots. As he prepares for a visit from the Commissioner it’s his job to make sure everything goes smoothly but what actually happens is he ends up sniffing out a cover-up. It definitely keeps my attention and I’ve learned so much about the Japanese police and media system so it’s quite fascinating. I’m dying for the big twist that’s been played up on it.


What did you recently finish reading?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I really loved this book and I’m annoyed at myself for not reading it sooner. I have the sequels but I don’t like to jump into sequels too quickly so I’m going to wait until I finish Six Four before reading the second book, and I’ll take a break between the second and third book too.


What do you think you’ll read next?

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

The sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I will definitely read this book next!


The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

And I haven’t given up on this yet either!

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WWW Wednesday: 16th August 2017

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I’ve had this on my Kindle for so long. My sister recommended it back when I was going through my phase of reading things like The Hunger Games and the Divergent series. After hearing mixed feelings on it, I finally decided I would read it. I have to say that so far I love it, even if there are a few cliches here and there. At just 40% in I’m not really sure who is the good guy and who is the bad. Brimstone is not my favourite right now, that’s for certain.

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What did you recently finish reading?

The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad

This is another book that has been gathering dust in my room. I was actually looking for a different book when I came across it and I really wanted to read a paperback instead of a Kindle book this time around, so I read it. The editing in it is God awful, but it didn’t take away from the story at all. It was gripping and really kept my attention throughout and I read it pretty quickly.

The House on Cold Hill by Peter James

As I mentioned in my last WWW Wednesday, this was a book I had bought before ever reading the Roy Grace series by the same author. As soon as I see a ghost novel, I just have to have it! In some ways I felt it moved a little too fast but it was still entertaining and the ending wasn’t as predictable as I thought it would be. As soon as I finished it, I tweeted the author and asked him to write more horror, which he liked but didn’t respond to. Hopefully he does!

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

I’ve already mentioned wanting to read this in my last entry. This was the book I was actually looking for when I came across The Silent Girls, so I’ll have to dig it out because the film is getting ever closer!

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WWW Wednesday: 2nd August 2017

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?

The House on Cold Hill by Peter James

I got this book before I started reading James’s Roy Grace crime series. I love a good ghost story but I’m only getting around to reading it now. Basically, this family of three moves into a large, dilapidated house in England’s countryside and immediately strange things start to happen. I read a similar story entitled The Secret of Crickley Hall by James Herbert, which was enjoyable so I’m looking forward to seeing James’s take on the haunted English country mansion.

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What did you recently finish reading?

Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar

This is a mystery that has always fascinated me, and like everyone else, I had my own theories on what happened to the nine hikers. Until I read this book, of course. I won’t give away Eichar’s theory because I think you need to read the book to understand it. While scientific evidence backs up his theory, however, this is a story that will never be officially solved so it will always remain a theory and open to speculation. Eichar has me convinced though, so I thoroughly recommend this book.

Under A Pole Star by Stef Penney

I hate saying this after romancing about Penney’s books so much here, but I was a little disappointed with this book. Mostly the ending. Obviously, I’m not going to give anything away, but I felt it left too many questions and it was quite anti-climactic. In my opinion, the story was longer than it needed to be and that a lot of the pages were just filler. Still, I enjoyed a lot of parts of it so I won’t shy away from her books as a result.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

I’ll admit as soon as I heard this was going to be a film starring Michael Fassbender, I immediately wanted to read the book. The story itself sounds fascinating, so it’s not like I’m forcing myself to read it. It was actually my intended next book but given the tonnes of shoe boxes I have full of books, I couldn’t find it!

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Throwback Thursday: Grave Sight (Harper Connelly #1) by Charlaine Harris

Throwback Thursday is a book meme created by Renee (itsbooktalk) as a way to share your old favourites and reminisce about why you loved them so much.

This week I have chosen Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris, the first of a four-part series entitled Harper Connelly Mysteries.

Goodreads Synopsis

Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who’s passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she’s providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living – but she’s used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother Tolliver as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she’s become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it’s always urgent – even if the dead can wait forever.download (13)

Why I love this book

Unlike the Sookie Stackhouse series (True Blood), this series didn’t go on longer than it needed to. I actually found this book on my bookshelf with no clear idea of where I got it. I think my fiance’s dad gave it to me, but I can’t be sure. I was already a few into the Sookie Stackhouse series so I recognised Harris’s name.

The story was what drew me in. Harris seems to give her main protagonists an unusual ability that wouldn’t be considered the norm of what we come across in the real world, such as psychics and mediums. Sookie Stackhouse was a telepath, and Harper Connelly can find dead people and instantly discover how they died. Naturally her gift is met with scepticism, especially due to the fact that she requires payment for her services. We have this natural assumption that if you have to be paid for an otherworldly gift, you’re probably faking it.

I love Harper, and her step-brother Tolliver, who seems to attract women like magnets! Their bond really makes this book, and it was easy to relate to them as you discovered their less than desirable past. I couldn’t wait to tear through the rest of the series and I can assure you it doesn’t disappoint. This would make a fantastic TV series.

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Throwback Thursday: Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Throwback Thursday is a book meme created by Renee (itsbooktalk) as a way to share your old favourites and reminisce about why you loved them so much.

This week I have chosen Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson. I received this book as a gift from my fiance in 2012/13.

Goodreads Synopsis

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child, thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me… 51e--ljGmeL._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_

Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love–all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life.

Why I love this book

This book keeps you hooked from the start. You feel like you’re with Christine as she gradually pieces together what’s really going on in her life. She wakes up each morning to a man she doesn’t recognise and the only thing she has to cling to is the secret journal she is keeping, documenting each day before her mind resets. As if her life wasn’t complicated enough she doesn’t even know if the man claiming to be her husband is who he says he is.

In my opinion, you can either tell a complex story like this really well or really badly. Fortunately it’s the former in this situation. Watson does an excellent job at piecing together Christine’s life through simple means and the suspense builds as more and more secrets come to light. And I can safely say that the film does it justice.

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WWW Wednesday: 12th July 2017

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?

Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney

I buy Penney’s books without reading too much into the synopsis for the simple fact that I love her books. She just has this ability to keep you hooked from the first page and she writes stories that are so unique (at least to anything I’ve read). And of course her stories are always deep and breath-taking. I’m only about a fifth of the way through (it’s a long book!) but I’m enjoying it so far!

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What did you recently finish reading?

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

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See my review here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

There are too many books I want to read next, most of which I’ve already mentioned here. And yet I still want to buy more and more books!

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Teaser Tuesday: Under A Pole Star by Stef Penney

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Purple Booker where you share what you’re reading at the moment and hopefully entice others to read it too. The instructions are as follows:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

I just started reading this book yesterday so I can’t tease very much, and to top it off I can’t exactly flip to a random page because I’m reading it on Kindle! If there’s a way of doing this, please let me know. Anyway, so far I’m enjoying this. I buy Penney’s books without even reading the synopsis because I love her books.

‘She learns that women are not expected or encouraged to ask questions of their lecturers. The men, down at the front, can engage them in conversation – one might call it banter – but the exchanges don’t quite carry up to the back of the theatre.’

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