Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: 21 March 2018



The first day of spring and it’s time for WWW Wednesday, a meme hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words.

You just have to answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you will read next?


I have not been reading an incredible amount lately, so I feel like my lot have hardly changed since last week!

What am I currently reading?

So the physical book I am reading is The Otters’ Tale (Simon Cooper), which is a delightful mixture of fiction and non-fiction and is about, well, otters.

I have also started an audio book. I am listening to Thérèse Raquin (Émile Zola), which is narrated by Kate Winslet. Kate Winslet does a great job in my opinion and I really enjoy listening to her. She has a wonderful voice.

What did I recently finish reading?

Brown, Pierce - Red Rising Saga 1 Red Rising

Well, I finished reading Red Rising (Pierce Brown). I liked it, but I had expected a different story in a different setting and I did not quite connect with it the way I felt I wanted to, if that makes sense… Still enjoyed it though, and will be reading the other books at some point.


What do I think I will be reading next?

Because of my slow reading this month I have a couple of e-ARCs I really ought to get to… I am just not sure whether I will be in the right mood for them… We’ll see… I think these are both due early April… Neither is huge, so there may be a chance I will get them done in time.

Books · Memes · Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

I love this week’s theme and I feel like a need a bit of a refresh/reboot as winter turns to spring. I feel like my energy reserves have been seriously depleted lately and life is  taking up too much of it to have any left for reading!

But, fully confident that my reading bug is restored soon, I have a mixture of fiction and non-fiction I would love to get to in the next three months.

Let’s start with a trio of nature-related non-fiction:

1. Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field (John Lewis-Stempel)
2. A Sweet, Wild Note (Richard Smyth)
3. Foxes Unearthed (Lucy Jones)

What better books to read in springtime than books about wildlife? I am looking forward to all of those!

Let’s have some more non-fiction:

4. Times New Roman (Martha Miller)
5. To The Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice (Michael K Honey)

Now, on to fiction:

There are some series I would really like to continue:

6. Royal Assassin (Robin Hobb) #2 in the Farseer Trilogy
7. Awakening (William Horwood) #2 in the Hyddenworld quartet
8. Break (Clare Littlemore) #2 in the Flow series

and finally a couple of standalones:

9. Heartstone (Elle Katharine White)
10. The Bees (Laline Paull)

That list makes me want to read so much! Thanks, Top Ten Tuesday! 🙂

Music · Music Monday

Music Monday: Wake Up (Circa Waves)


Music Monday was created by Drew From The Tattooed Book Geek. Pick a song you love and share it… to brighten up that dreaded Monday.

This week I am going with ‘Wake Up’ by Liverpudlian band Circa Waves. I have been listening to their year-old album Different Creatures in the car the past week. It just suits my mood at the moment.

I liked Circa Waves’ first album (Young Chasers). I mean, ‘T-Shirt Weather’ is a great summer anthem, but it is their second album I absolutely love.

So, coming, tryna break my fall
Leaving, spitting sticks and stones
And I lay awake I don’t know
This room will lead me to an open door

But it’s alright, ’cause I can’t wait to see the trouble here tonight

It’s just a bit too much doubt for me to make up,
But you’ll give it all that you got now, give it all that you got now, give it all

Slow, I feel ya, wrapping round my bones
I call ya but you’re never home
And am I a fool I don’t know
And see me see the way the silver talks

It’s just a bit too much doubt for me to make up,
But you’ll give it all that you got now, give it all that you got now
(Give it all that you got now)
You should give it all

And so wake up, it’s just a little too late for conversations,
It’s just a bit too much doubt for me to make up,
But you’ll give it all that you got now, give it all that you got now, give it all

Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: Red Rising (Pierce Brown)

Brown, Pierce - Red Rising Saga 1 Red Rising


Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Genre: YA / Sci-Fi / Dystopian
First published: 2014
Edition: Paperback, published in 2014 by Hodder & Stoughton

I went into this book knowing how much hype there had been surrounding it. Sometimes hype does not do the book itself any favours as you come to expect so much from it. I feel Red Rising suffered a bit from that on my part. Willing or unwillingly, I went into this story with skyhigh expectations and I have come out of it only partly satisfied.

I managed to avoid spoilers before reading Red Rising, and so I knew little about what it was actually about. Now I finished it, I will say this is a good book. Let’s throw that out there. It is well written, the story is well structured and the characters are flawed and well developed, but I just expected more twists and turns. I also found myself feeling like I had read similar stories before. It did not feel that original and that surprised me.

It started out on the sci-fi spectrum and I surprisingly enjoyed learning about the Reds and their way of life in the mines. I liked the sci-fi angle in this case, but it moves away from that a bit. Once the story moved elsewhere I found myself having a bit of deja-vu. Having said that, I think Darrow’s character development and his learning curve are what makes this story a good one.

Overall, I think Red Rising is definitely worth reading and I will pick up the next books if I come across them, but I was not blown away by it.

5 out of 7 stars

Books · Randomness

Not reading much and I am actually chilled about it!

Happy Saturday!

Dear Book Blogging Community, yesterday I only read 20 pages… 😉

Last November I had the mother of all readings slumps and it really took me by surprise at the time, as I had been reading quite ferociously for months before then.

Red Rising detailNow, a few months on, I am again not reading as much as normal. It is taking me at least twice as long as normal to read a book, if not longer. But this time, I am feeling really relaxed about it. I know it will pick up again. At the moment I just have different priorities. Spring is coming, the weather is changing and I am feeling the need to tidy. We moved into our house a couple of years ago and there are still too many things in boxes that I don’t know what to do with. I found myself going through a lot of that stuff this week rather than reading and then in the evenings I have found I needed to just sit, relax and watch telly. And actually, that is perfectly okay.

Maybe it means that I do not have as much content for my blog for a while but sobeit. I am afraid I am not planning to go anywhere! I may just post about half as much as usual.

At the moment one day I am reading 100 pages, the next only fifteen or twenty, then forty and then I may read 100 again, followed to close to none. Normally I am pretty consistent, but not at the moment. I am reading Red Rising (Pierce Brown) at the moment and I am enjoying it. I am just going a bit slow, so bear with me a few more days!

It does mean I am a bit behind on ARCs and author requests, but I am not putting any pressure on myself. I would love to not get too far behind and I have stopped accepting requests for a while (unless it’s a Must-Read), so I will get on top of all of that again pretty soon. So what if I am a bit behind. I am reading for fun and pressure to do so should never be a part of the reading experience. So what if I am a bit late. It’s not the end of the world. I will get there!

I went out for dinner with some friends last night, which was good. I am now having a quiet weekend with not a lot on, which is nice. The weather is too horrendous (cold and windy) to do anything outside, so it’s inside chores, entertaining my daughter and hopefully some reading.

What are you up to this weekend? Are you having a good one?


Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: 14 March 2018


That time of the week again! Time for WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam at Taking on A World of Words.

So you just have to answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you will read next?

So, this is my lot this week:

What am I currently reading?

I am reading at a snail’s pace at the moment, but I have been reading The Otters’ Tale (Simon Cooper) for a while. I am loving it, so I have no idea why I am not devouring the pages.

I also finally started Red Rising (Pierce Brown) yesterday. I am only a couple of chapters in, but I am enjoying it. I don’t read a lot of sci-fi, so it makes a nice change. I just hope I can pick up the pace a bit!

What did I recently finish reading?

I finished listening to Set The Boy Free today, which is Johnny Marr’s autobiography. That was a pretty good listen.

I also finished reading Looking For Dei (David A Willson), which was a pretty decent read as well. It is a YA fantasy that has a pretty interesting magic system. I liked it.

What do I think I will read next?

Break (Clare Littlemore) and A Different Kind of Lovely (Petra March) are pretty high on my TBR at the moment. I am trying to mood read at the moment, so it just depends what I am feeling like.

Books · Reviews

(Audio) Book Thoughts: Set The Boy Free (Johnny Marr)

Marr, Johnny - Set The Boy Free


Title: Set The Boy Free
Author / Narrator: Johnny Marr
Genre: Non-Fiction / Autobiography / Music
First published: 2016 by Dey Street Books
Edition: Audio book

Although I knew about Johnny Marr, I really became aware of him when he was playing with The Cribs on their album Ignore The Ignorant. Of course I had listened to The Smiths and knew some of their songs, but they were before my time (just). What I have come to realise over the years is how well respected Johnny Marr is as a guitarist and as a person and I have been wanting to read his autobiography for a while.

It took me a little while to get used to Johnny Marr’s writing and narrating style, but now I have listened to him tell his journey through life and music, I feel I have come to know him bette and I have a whole new appreciation for him. His style is very matter-a-fact, quite dry and yet drenched in passion for what he does. Passion is a wonderful characteristic to have and he has it in spades.

This book won’t be for everyone and if you were expecting digs at former bandmates (Morrissey anyone?), you will be disappointed, as Johnny is far too much of a gentleman to go down to that level. If you expect rock ‘n’ roll excess, there is little of that here. He met the love of his life at fifteen and never looked back. How beautiful is that?!

If there is one thing I took away from this audio book it is how humble Johnny Marr and at the same time how aware he is of the legacy that he has created as a guitarist in The Smiths and all the other bands he played with. The passion and love he has for music and playing the guitar shines through and you can not help but warm up to him as a person.

If you love music, like me, and want to know more about Johnny Marr and the bands he played with, it is worth picking up this book. I think it worked well as an audio book. I found Johnny Marr’s voice quite soothing,  even if not very dynamic.

5 out of 7 stars