📚Reader Problems Book Tag📚

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Hey guys and welcome to my blog! Today I’ve decided to take part in the reader problems book tag, I saw this AGES ago and thought what better time to type it up and keep it in my drafts for months!

Anyway, here we go, with the reader problems book tag…

Q – You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

A – I will literally just pick one off the shelf and go “you are the chosen one”. I don’t really have a set way I pick books, I do try and read ARC ones first but if we’re just talking books on my shelf then I’ll just grab one.

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Q – You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

A – I quit. I literally cannot be bothered spending my time reading books I don’t enjoy!

Q – The end of the year is coming and you are so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

A – I’ve never actually participated in the Goodreads challenge so I can’t comment🙈 Although I am doing it this year, so maybe I’ll come back and answer this depending on how I get on!

Q – The covers of a series you love do not match. How do you cope?

A – I’ve never had this issue, and I can’t imagine I ever will I will go out of my way to make sure they all match.

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Q – Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

A – Probably someone on here! Guaranteed someone else will hate the book as much as me or on Twitter, there are usually a few people who agree on a dislike of a popular book.

Q –  You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

A – I will likely put the book away! If it’s my Kindle I’ll just go to another book and quickly read something else, or if it’s a proper book I’ll bookmark it and come back to it in the peace of my home.

Q – A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from a prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!

A – If I really loved the book and was impatiently waiting for the sequel I would not have forgotten what the book was about! That being said, if this ever did happen I would probably just find a summary or head to Goodreads for a refresher.

Q – You do not want ANYONE borrowing your books. How do you politely tell them nope when they ask?

A – I would just tell them that I was reading it or that I didn’t have a physical copy, it was only an e-book copy, which isn’t as easy to share around everyone. Either that or I would protectively hold my book and mumble no over and over again…

Q – You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your slump?

I just let myself get over it, whether that be not reading for a few days or re-reading something like Harry Potter!

Q – There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read. How many do you actually buy?

I would try and limit myself to just a couple, else I’d start feeling overwhelmed and like I had too many. I’d eventually buy them all, but, not all at once haha.

Q – After you’ve brought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you read them?

A – It depends, I’m such a mood reader, so I will just pick them up whenever I feel like, I’ve just brought loads of books from the charity shop but I’m reading one that I fancied off the shelf.

Ahhh, this tag was such fun! It made me really think about the answers I was giving, probably took me far longer than it should have done or maybe that was finding matching gifs to go with some of the questions!

I’m not doing the proper tagging but if you want to take part consider yourself tagged.

Em xxx

Drift Stumble Fall, M Jonathan Lee – A Review. [SPOILERS].

Hello cool cats & kittens, I’m here with another review for you all, one I read towards the end of April while I was getting over my slump.

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review on my blog and NetGalley. Book title: Drift Stumble Fall by M Jonathan Lee. Publish date: 12th April 2018.

Let me start off by saying I regret reading this book after coming out my slump, because it was enough to put you back into one. I’m still none the wiser (after completing the whole book) as to what the actual story was, I felt the author didn’t really make that clear.

I did enjoy how the book flowed though, especially with us moving through the days and the little remarks at the top of the chapters gave it a different feel to other books. Almost as if we were reading Richard’s diary not a book.

The book was written mostly from Richard’s POV which I got quite frustrated with, he was very closed minded on how much he hated his life and he was unhappy with his family. We didn’t get to see much from anyone else and it made me feel resentful towards him, almost as if his dislike of his life was unnecessary.

In the snippets that we did see someone else’s POV it seemed unrealistic, Bill and his wife seemingly had this perfect life (from what Richard could tell from looking out the window at them every 5 bloody minutes) but in actual fact they didn’t. Their life seemed even worse than anyone could imagine and just made the book feel like such a slog.

Overall, I struggled so much to enjoy the majority of this book, it just felt like a slog and honestly, it would have put me back into the slump if I’d have read it at the wrong time!

Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for giving me an ARC of this book.

Until next time, Em xxx

Taken: Captive Romance, Esme Devlin – A Review. [SPOILERS].

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Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! I’m here with a review of a free Kindle romance book that I downloaded – Taken: Captive Romance by Esme Devlin. 

On the whole, I thought this book was the perfect balance of intriguing, romantic and slightly dangerous, all wrapped up into a tasty little book. However, it did have a lot of potential that I felt wasn’t unlocked.

I really like Sofia, our main female lead, she had a certain spirit about her that made her likeable. But, I wish her background and earlier life was expanded upon it felt like we had to rely on our imagination quite a lot to explain the situation.

The same with our alpha male, Julian, there was so much unresolved potential in terms of who he is, why he was “entitled” to Sofia. 

The story itself was where the book was let down, it was highly intriguing but I feel it just threw us in at the deep end and didn’t expand upon why Sofia was taken, the links she had from a previous life and any of her or Julian’s background.

The author certainly didn’t shy away from the romance aspect though, and the one thing I will say is it was very well done! It took a while to get to that point, but the tension was built up the closer we got, and then went off like an explosion!

Taken: A Captive Romance was good, I enjoyed it and it’s definitely something I’d reread whilst sat around a pool in the sun. I do wish the plot went deeper though, as it all seemed very superficial and like the author didn’t move past the first layer.

Em xxx

I want to wallow in self pity for a sec.

When lockdown started in the UK (if you can call it that) I was OK, I understood the need for it and that got me through the first few weeks. I created a few new routines that helped me to feel more in control whilst everything around me was going tits up and I was coping.

We are now into the 9th or 10th week (I can’t remember exactly) and I’m starting to come apart at the seams. I don’t know what to do, I don’t want to eat, I can’t sleep and when I do it’s for a few hours before I’m awake again, I can’t control my emotions at all.

I’m one extreme to the other at the moment.

I’ve cleaned my room so many times that I’m starting to take the varnish off my bookshelf, just because I need something to do.

I’m still at work and working from home but the evenings? I can’t even bring myself to read or watch something on TV.

It’s been 65 days since I last saw my boyfriend, and at the rate we’re going I’ll be seeing more of people in the supermarket than I will of him this year.

I don’t really have a lot of friends, so for me he’s my best friend and not being able to see him is the worst thing. We could sit 2m away in a park but I would just want a fucking hug.

I’m worried that because it’s been so long since we saw each other properly and we’re basically having relationship over text that he’ll get bored of me or when we can see each other he won’t fancy me anymore.

I worry that I’m feeling this worse than he is, so my brain thinks that must mean he isn’t as bothered as I am, so I start with shorter replies, not my usual conversation tone, almost as if I’m distancing myself because I’m scared that I’m too attached.

I don’t see my brother, sister in law and niece often anyway as they live in Surrey, my brother is in the army so we facetime all the time anyway. I’ve seen my grandparents from a 2m distance, I can’t hug my Nan but James can pass me down the dairy aisle in the supermarket and cough next to me…

I’m starting back at my proper workplace on Monday 1st June, I’m quite looking forward to the change of scenery to be honest, but it upsets me and angers me that I can go back to work with 2 other people (there will only be 3 of us in separate office spaces) but I can’t see my boyfriend who I know hasn’t interacted with anyone else? I won’t be within a 2m distance of anyone at work so I won’t have contact with them either.

I know I’m young (only 24) and I have the rest of my life to do things and see my people but I’m struggling to see it that way at the moment.

Sorry for my rambling, kinda pointless and a bit sad/wallowing in self pity post. Now I’ve said it I’m going to try and work hard to be positive, I just needed to get it out there and say it.

Em xxx

Top Ten Tuesday – Opening lines📚

Hey everyone it’s that time of the week again where we take part in Top Ten Tuesdsay! TTT is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and is a weekly post born out of a love of books and a want to bring us bookish people together, and it’s GREAT for those of us that love a list (me).

Today’s topic is one that I have been SO looking forward to! It’s my Top Ten opening lines, eeeeek!

1 – “The writer, having lost his way in a gloomy forest, and being hindered by certain wild beasts from ascending a mountain, is met by Virgil, who promises to show him the punishments of Hell, and afterwards of Purgatory; and that he shall then be conducted by Beatrice into Paradise” from The Divine Comedy by Dante.

2 – “Jack Torrance thought: Officious little Prick” from The Shining by Stephen King.

3 – “Renowned curator Jacques Sauniere staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum’s Grand Gallery” from The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.

4 – “When I think of my wife, I always think of her head” from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

5 – “I’d never given much thought to how I would die – though I’d had reason enough in the last few months – but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this” from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

6 – “In Wakefield Manor, a decaying ancestral mansion brooding on the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia, there is a locked room” from It Will just Be Us by Jo Kaplan.

7 – “It was the silence I noticed first” from The Perfect Couple by Jackie Kabler.

8 – “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much” from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling.

9 – “The disembodied head dangled from the overhanging branch, staring at Joyce Park with one glass eye” from The Doll by JC Martin.

10 – “Look I didn’t want to be a halfblood” from Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

Some of these opening lines fill me with anticipation of what is to come from some of my favourite novels and books of all time… Others, they simply remind me of bloody good books that I love to pieces!

Let me know if you’re taking part in Top Ten Tuesday as I would love to check out your favourite opening lines too.

Em xxx

Mini Reviews!

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Hey guys, doing two little mini reviews of some short stories I read. The reason they’re mini reviews is that they were literally tiny, but I still wanted to review them. 

I read Treehouse by J Sharpe and Dark Web by Kelvin Teo. 

Treehouse review – I know this book was a short story but it was literally 2 or 3 pages? The idea was so good, and I did get goosebumps just reading the short passages. But, it would need to be expanded upon to warrant a story, it was more of a short creepy pasta!

Dark Web review – This story had so much potential! I really enjoyed what was written and the author did really well to fit everything in but I just wish it wasn’t so cut off at the end – it could have continued just a few more pages! 

So there we have 2 very mini reviews to go with the very mini books that I read. Hope you enjoyed them and let me know if you’ve read either of these and what you thought. 

Em xxx

The Lost War (Eidyn #1), Justin Lee Anderson – A Review. [SPOILERS].

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! As you can see I’m reviewing The Lost War (Eidyn #1) by Justin Lee Anderson. Eeeek I’m so excited to share this review with you all, I loved this book SO MUCH.

While I did consider putting this book down to begin with I’m so glad I didn’t, I loved it and if I could rate it higher than 5 stars I would…

Everything from the characters, to the setting, to the powers and mythology and legends behind them was excellent, I cannot praise this book enough.

I got so swept up in the relationship between Aranok and Allandria, I thought they complimented each other perfectly and I loved how accepting Allandria was of his abilities and powers.

Whilst the book was focused mainly on Aranok, it was after all his mission, at no point did we feel like the other characters were forgotten about or not included. In fact, I particularly enjoyed how Anderson would have scenes focusing solely on our other characters, it really helped to break up the book and tell the story from different POV.

Between Samily, Allandria and Nirea we were certainly not short of some badass females to get behind too!

The story itself was impeccably written and I loved the different aspects that Anderson pulled through into the book. It had powers, zombie type aspects, deceit, lies and the mother of all TWISTS.

I did not expect that ending at all, and I think that’s what I enjoyed most about this book, the ending was so crazy that it was perfect. I could kind of see where it was going but only once the author wanted us to, literally right before he revealed it himself.

There were so many layers to this book and I’m so glad that I stuck with it and continued reading as I really enjoyed it!

Em xxx