Books · Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday (on a Thursday): Naked Hardbacks

Top 5 Tuesday is a meme hosted by Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm.

I so wanted to do this one earlier in the week, but I simply did not have the time. Plus, Rose over at Stuck in Fiction. also did a post on naked hardbacks a couple of weeks ago, which inspired me.

Now, I don’t have a ton of hardbacks, because I tend to prefer reading paperbacks, but I have accumulated some and some of them are definitely worth mentioning.

My lot with their coats on:

1807 dressed hardbacks

Now, let’s get undressed!

1. Circe (Madeline Miller)

1807 hardbacksCirce

I actually purchased this hardback because of the stunning cover and naked hardback. I saw it on Booktube somewhere and just knew it would me happy just looking at it! It just is stunning, naked or otherwise. The contents are pretty awesome too 🙂

2. The History of Bees (Maja Lunde)

Another stunning naked hardback. So pretty with the honeycomb pattern.

1807 hardbacksBees

3. Talking To The Dead (Helen Dunmore)

1807 hardbacksDunmore

Actually, I did not love this book when I read it (it was ok), but the cover and the naked hardback are so pretty (and small) I just have to keep it on my shelves forever! I love the pastel yellow and blue and just the overall design.

4. The Thoroughbred Legends Series

1807 hardbacksTB Legends

Back in the day I went through a phase of collecting a lot of horseracing related books and these are about various famous horses from North American racing. The naked hardback have the picture of the horse on it. They look pretty classy. I think I have seven of these.

5. On The Trail of the Silver Brumby (Elyne Mitchell)

I adore Elyne Mitchell’s writing and this is an anthology of her writing in a coffee table format with beautiful pictures. I love the bright blue naked hardback with the cute horse illustration.

1807 hardbacksBrumby

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If I missed your post please link below! I do like to drool over pretty books!

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Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: 4 July 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

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

So…Let’s see what’s happening in my reading life…

What am I currently reading?

I have definitely picked up the pace with Lord of Chaos, the sixth book in The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. It is a re-read and I am slightly skimming some of the less interesting bits, as I know this was where the series was starting to drag for me last time. I seem to remember this one has a pretty good finale though…

I am also halfway through The King’s Witch by Tracy Borman. This was a novel I requested from NetGalley as I do enjoy historical fiction set at the English court. So far I am really enjoying this one. I love the main character, though I have a feeling she has some drama to come. 🙂

What have I recently finished reading?

Since last week’s post I have finished Windsworn, which was a really fun entertaining read and if you like YA fantasy full of adventure you may enjoy this one! I have also read The Fox of Richmond Park , an e-book I had picked up because of the fact it was about a fox and it mentioned Richmond Park, which is to the South West of  London, and I got married in the lodge there almost eight years ago. It started a bit iffy, but I really enjoyed it in the end. If you like your main character to be a fox, you may like this one!

What do I plan on reading next?

Next I want to get to some physical books before going on e-book overload whilst on holiday (I may take a paperback or two as well!). I want to read Little Maryam by Hamid Baig, which the author kindly sent me a copy of and which I have been meaning to read for a while. I have had a peak at the reviews, and they are pretty positive, so I am looking forward to that one. It is partly set in India and sounds like a really interesting read.

I also want to read Bloodfire Quest, the second book in The Dark Legacy of Shannara series, by Terry Brooks, before I go on holiday.

 

 

Books · Tags

TAG TIME: Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

So I have read 49 books so far this year, which is only one away from my Goodreads goal of the big five oh (50!).

I thought it would be a good opportunity to do this tag and think about the books I have read so far! 🙂

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.

Circe by Madeline Miller. I am not sure what it was about this book, but it was pretty great. The writing, the story, just magical and amazing! Now I need to read Song of Achilles! I also really loved Assassin’s Quest (Robin Hobb) and Nevernight (Jay Kristoff) a lot.

Hobb, Robin - Farseer Trilogy 2 - Royal Assassin2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.

I have not been reading a ton of series, but I would say Royal Assassin, by Robin Hobb. I am loving this series!

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

I have heard nothing but good things about Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff, so maybe that one. To be fair, I don’t read a ton of new releases and if I do, they tend to be via NetGalley.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Nope, nothing springs to mind. Sorry!

5. Biggest disappointment.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown. I was so ready to fall in love with the Red Rising series and the first book was not what I expected, but I liked it, but then the second book was more what I wanted, but it just fell flat for some reason… So frustrating! Argh!

Littlemore, Clare - Flow6. Biggest surprise.

Flow by Clare Littlemore. A self-published dystopian YA series and this first book was just fantastic!

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Either Madeline Miller (Circe) or Jay Kristoff (Nevernight) probably.

8. Newest fictional crush.

I don’t tend to have fictional crushes. Let me think… Nope… nothing… Man, I’m boring!

Nevernight9. Newest favourite character.

I loved Mia in Nevernight a lot. I thought quite a few characters in that book were pretty interesting.

10. Book that made you cry.

I know I have cried a few times and I know Persuasion by Jane Austen was one of them.  And probably Happiness by Aminatta Forna.

Kablean, Carrie - What Kitty Did Next11. Book that made you happy.

What Kitty Did Next by Carrie Kablean. This was such a fun continuation of the Pride and Prejudice story.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

Haven’t seen any! I guess I watched The Handmaid’s Tale, which is pretty amazing.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.

Not a review, but my favourite post was the one about the Readers’ Bill of Rights.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Circe by Madeline Miller. The hardback copy is soooooo gorgeous! Plus the naked hardback is just so pretty as well!

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Too many! I do want to finish some series though, so I want to read Assassin’s Quest (Robin Hobb) to complete the Farseer Trilogy and Bloodfire Quest and Witch Wraith (Terry Brooks ) to complete the Dark Legacy of Shannara series. Oh and Godsgrave (Jay Kristoff), which I got on offer on my Kindle for £1.99 a couple of days ago.

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If you have not done this (very popular) tag yet, please consider yourself tagged!

Books · Monthly Reading Wrap-Up

Monthly Reading Wrap-Up: June 2018

Yes, it’s another June wrap-up post – I apologise!

I managed to finish eight books this month, which is pretty good considering I was struggling for part of the month. I really sped up the last week and managed to finish three more books.

So, what did I read?

Overall, the standard this month was pretty good. None of the books rated less that four stars out of seven. I read three books that were historical fiction, two were fantasy, one non-fiction, one animal fiction and a thriller. It was a good variety. My absolute favourite was Windsworn. I don’t read that much YA, but I really loved this one. It was full of adventure and it was simply a fun read. I think my final four reads of the month were really good reads and I would recommend all four of them.

I read the following books:

1. The Hawkman (Jane Rosenberg LaForge) ★★★★☆☆☆ (e-book)
2. The Prince of Mirrors (Alan Robert Clark) ★★★★☆☆☆ (e-book)
3. Royal Assassin (Robin Hobb) ★★★★★☆☆ (paperback)
4. How Not To Be A Boy (Robert Webb)  ★★★★☆☆☆ (audio)
5. What Kitty Did Next (Carrie Kableam) ★★★★★☆☆ (e-book)
6. Before We Met (Lucie Whitehouse) ★★★★★☆☆ (paperback)
7. Windsworn (Derek Alan Siddoway) ★★★★★★☆ (e-book)
8. The Fox of Richmond Park (Kate Dreyer) ★★★★★☆☆ (e-book)

Now I am off to peruse your wrap-ups. Please post them below if I have missed it!

 

Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: The Fox of Richmond Park (Kate Dreyer)

Dreyer, Kate - The Fox of Richmond Park

★★★★★☆☆

Title: The Fox of Richmond Park
Author:  Kate Dreyer
Genre: Fiction / Animal Fiction
First published: 2017
Edition: e-book, published by Unbound Digital

I do like a bit of animal fiction and this one caught my eye as I used to live near Richmond Park, which is south west edge of London. I even got married in Richmond Park!

For the first couple of chapters I was a bit worried that I was not going to like this novel. The fact that the foxes cried tears and sobbed like humans bothered me, but it remained the one thing from the book I disliked. Other than that, the characters and story itself are really solid. This is a tale of a journey full of adventure and I enjoyed it a lot.

The park politics were definitely something that we as people should take note off, as unfortunately it is not that far from the truth in our every day human lives. There are always groups of people who believe they are better than everyone else. Whether the author meant it as a commentary on current world politics I am not sure, but it was certainly pretty apt.

If you are into animal fiction you are sure to enjoy this book. At the moment it is only available as e-book, but in my humble opinion it definitely deserves publication in a physical format. If they could edit out the animals crying tears I would add a star, as that really bothered me.

5 out of 7 stars

Books · TBR

Help me finish my July TBR…

Happy Saturday peeps!

Yes, I am doing  a TBR for July. I have not really done a monthly TBR for a while I think, as I have been trying to mood read. However, I feel like setting myself a TBR for July, for a change.

So, I have one NetGalley ARC that has a publication date of mid July, which is The King’s Witch by Tracy Borman. I might read another one if I feel like it, but there is no actual need.

I would also like to read one of the paperbacks authors have sent to me. I think I will read Little Maryam (Hamid Baig), which I have been meaning to read for a few months.

 

My current re-read of Lord of Chaos (Robert Jordan) will run into July, as I am on page 50 of 1000+!

For the rest of my reads I decided to go back to my book-buying log from last July and pick some books from that. Actually, last year July I bought loads of book, so I have quite a few to choose from.

Page one:

July17 Book Log

Page 2

July17 Book Log2

The highlighted book I have already read, so I have read six out of 28 books or just over 20%. Could be worse, could be better. But as you can tell that leaves me plenty to choose  from for this July!

I am definitely reading Bloodfire Quest (Terry Brooks), as I re-read the first book in that series only a couple of months ago. I want to read at least one book in Dutch and I am thinking I may read De Boekhandelaar van Kaboel/The Bookseller of Kabul (Asne Seierstad). I don’t read enough non-fiction!

I would like to read one more, but not sure which… So if you have read any of these and  or are just curious about any of the books on that list, let me know!

Looking on my Kindle I have plenty of books there as well. I tend to buy them when they’re on £0.99 offers, cause I am cheap like that. I have quite a variety, but I think I will be reading some Kindle books while I am on holiday for the last couple of weeks of July.

So these ones are the oldest ones I have. Which do you think I should read?

Oldest e-books

I think When Dimple Met Rishi sounds like it would be a good one for a summer read. Which other one do you think I should read?

So my tentative TBR is:
Lord of Chaos (Robert Jordan)
The King’s Witch (Tracy Borman)
Little Maryam (Hamid Baig)
Bloodfire Quest (Terry Brooks)
When Dimple Met Rishi (Sandhya Menon)

So please help me choose me one more physical book from my log and a e-book from my Kindle.

Thanks a million!

Books · FIVE · FIVE on FRIDAY

FIVE on FRIDAY: A Few of my Favourite Youtubers

Ok, so for the final FIVE on FRIDAY I will talk about some of my favourite Youtubers at the moment. These are people I am subscribed to and whose videos I watch regularly.  Some are book-related, some are not.

So the topics for July will be:
6 July:  (Music) Favourite bands
14 July: (Books) Best non-fiction books I have read so far
21 July: (Random) Happy places – places I have been that made me feel happy
28 July: (Movies) Movies I would recommend

Join in!

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I will start with the big guns and end with the smaller channels that I adore.

1. Safiya Nygaard (5m subscribers)

Yes, Safiya is a proper Youtube phenomonon, but with good reason in my opinion. Her videos are always entertaining and never fail to put me in a good mood. Most of her videos are fashion/beauty related, but really, they are just so fun. I love a bit of silly!

2. Tati Westbrook (4.2m subscribers)

My favourite beauty guru type channel. I just find her really relaxing to watch and listen to. I think she seems pretty genuine and she’s pretty amusing. I don’t actually buy any of the stuff she talks about, as I tend to buy more natural products, but I still enjoy her videos.

3. Booksandlala (42k subscribers)

I love this girl so much! She’s fun, quirky and absolutely lovely! I love watching her videos. Her book taste is quite different from mine, but I have read books she has recommended on her channel and they are always good! Entertaining videos galore!

4. Peter Monn (Peter Likes Books – 14k subscribers)

I love Peter! I sometimes watch his drama channel as well, just because I find him so entertaining – I care nothing for any drama! He is not the kind of Booktuber that shows off the amount of books he reads – he is simply fun! I love how simple his videos are – no fancy stuff here!

5. Lauren and the Books (9k subscribers)

I love this girl so much! She is such a warm bubbly person and funny of course. I only watch funny people (not quite true, but near enough!). If you have not checked her out, please do!

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As you can tell, I mainly like channels that are fun!

I have plenty more favourites, so I may do another one at some point. Maybe with just booktubers… What do you reckon?

If you have some Youtubers you would like to talk about, please do! I am always looking for more channels to entertain me, so if you have any recommendations, let me know!