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Book Blogger Hop: May 18th | Adaptation Regrets

Book Blogger Hop: May 18th | Adaptation Regrets

Now, as an avid reader with an extended diploma in Creative Media Production, you would think I’d have a variety of good answers to this question. However, I do not. I also think that may be due to the fact that this day has somewhat got away from me and so I am rushing this answer, so I may just not be able to pinpoint any examples. That being said, I do have a few feelings about certain film adaptations and, in general, I am hesitant to approach book-to-film adaptations with high expectations.

Reader Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Series – Jenny Han

Reader Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Series – Jenny Han

I was firstly introduced to this series when looking for books to read to complete the categories featured in Book Riot’s ‘Read Harder 2018’. After seeing the series on a number of recommended lists, and even though the series and the premise didn’t really grab my attention, I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt because I truly had seen a lot of good things being said about it. That being said, I picked up the first book and finished it the next day – so I think that speaks for itself.

Reader Review: Always And Forever, Lara Jean – Jenny Han

Reader Review: Always And Forever, Lara Jean – Jenny Han

I knew that I was going to read this book after finishing off the previous two in the series and reviewing them in a fairly good light. Therefore, it only made sense for me to grab a hold of a copy of the last book and give it a give it the read that I think it deserved, even if I still maintain that the genre and storyline isn’t the type of thing that I would usually find myself leaning towards.

The Importance Of Writing For Yourself, Even Though It’s Hard

The Importance Of Writing For Yourself, Even Though It’s Hard

Any writer – no matter how big or small, published or unpublished – is going to tell you that they either love writing or they hate it. Hell, most of them are probably going to have a love-hate relationship with the skill itself and, in turn, this has bred the stereotypical tropes that society associates with writers themselves.

Reader Review: Queen Of Corona – Ro Esterhazy

Reader Review: Queen Of Corona – Ro Esterhazy

I was emailed a while ago by Ro Esterhazy asking if I would be interested in completing a review of her book Queen Of Corona’. Thinking that the premise of the novel sounded interesting and wanting to expand my own reading preferences to explore more new authors, I happily accepted her request and added her book to my ‘to be read’ list.

Reader Review: The Loneliest Girl In The Universe – Lauren James

Reader Review: The Loneliest Girl In The Universe – Lauren James

Despite seeing this book throughout numerous bookstore trips and knowing that it had good reviews, I was still hesitant to purchase it due to the fact that the premise didn’t necessarily stand out to me. I thought the idea was good, but I thought that it could – potentially – get boring because how can you make a riveting story out of it? Though I grabbed a copy for the hell of it after seeing it recommended yet again and, now, that I’ve finished the book, let me tell you that boy, I was wrong as hell in my hesitation.

The Unique Blogger Award

The Unique Blogger Award

I honestly can’t even believe that I would be considered to be nominated for The Unique Blogger Award but here we are. Thank you so much to Kara @ Bernard’s Book Blog for nominating me, I still can’t quite wrap my head around it but I appreciate it immensely. Her answers are awesome, by the way, so make sure to stop over at her blog and check out her own post too!

Book Blogger Hop: May 4th | Can Books Better You?

Book Blogger Hop: May 4th | Can Books Better You?

Okay, before I dive right into this question, I want to make a quick note: I am somewhat a bit high due to being put on new medication. Whilst I can still coherently type, the answer to this question may not be as lengthy or in-depth as my usual responses during the previous few weeks of partaking in ‘Book Blogger Hop’. Also, it’s strange to think that, this time last week, I was still in the hospital and, whilst things are looking alright at the moment and I haven’t needed to be admitted again, I’d just like to thank everybody who took the time and consideration to wish me well. I really do appreciate it and I haven’t yet had time to respond to everybody, but I love you all. Also, May the 4th be with you! Happy Star Wars day – which I completely forgot was actually today until I got an email about it. Oh well.

Reader Review: A Mark Unwilling – Candace Wondrak

Reader Review: A Mark Unwilling – Candace Wondrak

Recently, I was contacted by Candace Wondrak inquiring as to whether or not I would be interested in honestly reviewing her just-published novel ‘A Mark Unwilling’. After reading through the synopsis she sent me and instantly taking an interest in the sound of the book, I happily accepted the request. The blurb of the book itself tells you that the story is going to be a hell of a ride, but I found that I was still rather taken off guard at certain points. At first, I thought the book would be a great suit for me, and I found that it did indeed fit into my preferred genres, though it wasn’t all to my personal taste.

Reader Review: Ground Floor, Second Room To The Left & Wisps Of Memory – Chris Sarantopoulos

Reader Review: Ground Floor, Second Room To The Left & Wisps Of Memory – Chris Sarantopoulos

Despite being a fan of short stories, I don’t often find myself reading them all that much. When I received an email from short story author Chris Sarantopoulos asking me if I was interested in reviewing two of his short stories, I was immediately interested. My intrigue only heightened further when I saw that his stories fell under the horror genre, so I went ahead and jumped at the chance to have the opportunity to read his work and hoped to get a few chills out of the experience.

Book Blogger Hop: April 27th | Author Wrath

Book Blogger Hop: April 27th | Author Wrath

I just want to take a moment to apologise for this week’s Book Blogger Hop answer for being posted late and, as well, I want to provide some additional explanation as to why or why not the following answer may sound like utter nonsense. On Wednesday evening, I was taken to the Emergency Room due to collapsing, heart palpations due to muscle weakness, and I was both blind and deaf. My mother forced me to go to the ER to get it checked out after I was still on the verge of collapse an hour after experiencing a somewhat embarrassing event in which I tripped over a dog cage in the dark.

Reader Review: Soulmated & Fighting Fate – Shaila Patel

Reader Review: Soulmated & Fighting Fate – Shaila Patel

I was emailed by author Shalia Patel asking if I would like to complete a review for her books ‘Soulmated’ and ‘Fighting Fate’. Needless to say, I was intrigued by the summaries that she provided, and I felt that the plot held a lot of promise and had a need to be explored further. I’m not a big fan of romance in itself, but the words ‘YA paranormal romance’ caught my attention pretty easily and made me want to experience the story for myself. 

Book Blogger Hop: April 20th | Review Organisation

Book Blogger Hop: April 20th | Review Organisation

Ah, book reviews. I think it’s safe to say that I’m well versed in that aspect of book blogging (aren’t we all?). However, there’s a lot more that goes into reviewing books than one might think. Turns out that we actually have to make time to sit down and write the review, and not just read our way through our closest bookshop. Because I recently introduced review requests into my own life and schedule, my organisation of ‘books to review’ has shifted rather dramatically.

Book Blogger: Insider Tag

Book Blogger: Insider Tag

I was delighted to see that I had been tagged by the wonderful Kara over on Bernard’s Book Blog to take part in the ‘Book Blogger Insider Tag’. Thank you for being so kind and tagging me! This is actually the first tag that I’ve actually been tagged in – so hopefully that means I’m not doing too terribly in reaching out and being proactive in the book blogging community!

Reader Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Reader Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

This is one of the books that I chose to complete a category of Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge – more specifically, the ‘A Romance Novel By Or About A POC’ category. After having seen numerous good reviews for the book and debating between whether it would be appealing to me as a reader, I decided to just go for it and, in a sense, see what all the fuss was about due to the endless recommendation lists that it’s appeared on.

Book Blogger Hop: April 13th | Fictional Towns

Book Blogger Hop: April 13th | Fictional Towns

My mind went all over the place when I read this question. Firstly, I overlooked the clarification of ‘in a book’ and thought of ‘Stars Hollow’ from Gilmore Girls. Damn, how I love Gilmore Girls. I’m going to put that one down to the fact that I am currently rewatching the series and personally highly relate to Rory Gilmore. But, upon rereading the question, I was obviously reminded that Gilmore Girls is a show, not a book, so that answer simply wouldn’t suffice in the slightest.

This Or That: Book Tag

This Or That: Book Tag

The other day, when exploring the book blogging community and looking for new blogs to read, I found a post by BostonBookReader where she completed the ‘This Or That’ book tag which was created by Ayundabhuwana’s Blog.

Reader Review: Unrequited – Mona Soorma

Reader Review: Unrequited – Mona Soorma

Look, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a big fan of poetry. Despite loving studying certain aspects of literature throughout my education and having fun exploring different genres, poetry isn’t something that’s ever necessarily caught my eye. Some poems take me off guard completely and I fall in love with them, but, most of the time, the genre goes overlooked by me. Therefore, I was hesitant to take on the request to review the poetry collection ‘Unrequited’ when the author approached me and asked me to do so. Though, I threw caution to the wind in the hopes of expanding my reading experience and decided to take on the book anyway.

Reader Review: Silently in The Night – Clayton Graham

Reader Review: Silently in The Night – Clayton Graham

When I firstly received an email inquiring as to whether I’d be interested to review this book, I admit that I was rather wary of taking it on. This is not due to the book not sounding appealing but, more so, due to the fact that I personally don’t have all that much interest in short stories. When I get involved in a story, I like to be able to take time to immerse myself and get lost in the narrative as the world, the story, and the characters develop around me. Therefore, I didn’t know how good I would be at judging a collection of shorts as I don’t have much experience with it. Though I accepted the request as somewhat of a challenge to myself and I’m glad I did as the collection made for an easy, fun read which was better than expected.

Reader Review: Pandora’s Succession [#1] – Russell Brooks

Reader Review: Pandora’s Succession [#1] – Russell Brooks

I was offered a free digital copy of this book by Russell Brooks in return for an honest review. When reading through the provided synopsis in the review request, I had suspected that the story was going to be quite thrilling and generally rather riveting. Even though the story is based around a fictional premise, it’s quite a real threat at the same time – especially when you consider the advancements that technology and science have made in the last couple decades. Admittedly, I didn’t think it was all that much of an original premise at first because it has been looked into and done before. Though I wanted to see how this book had been constructed and how it has it’s own specific take on the premise, so I gave it a shot despite being hesitant of the potential repetition it may hold.

Book Blogger Hop: April 6th

Book Blogger Hop: April 6th

This is definitely a very relevant question for the state of my blog at the moment as I’ve early recently started putting myself out there and offering book reviews. Not going to lie, I did find myself rather taken aback by the number of messages I received so quick, but this was a good thing! It motivated me further and gave me that sense of purpose. It was quite daunting as I get anxious when contacting new people, but it was a real surprise all the same. Since I’m such an avid reader and endlessly tire my family with how quick I can get through a book, I’m always open to considering new books to read. This means that I find myself accepting book requests when I still have another ten books to get through and read. I’m not sure what my quota is and I have yet to hit it; I’ve got to actually consider how many ‘books to review’ I can handle at one time. Though I hate passing up books because I don’t want to risk missing out on experiencing new talent or a new story. 

Reader Review: Ebba, the First Easter Hare – Leen Lefebre

Reader Review: Ebba, the First Easter Hare – Leen Lefebre

With Easter just having passed, I think it’s rather suited that I was recently contacted by Leen Lefebre offering a free copy of her book ‘Ebba, the First Easter Hare’ in exchange for an honest review. I’ll admit, at first, I didn’t think the premise of the book sounded all that much like it would suit me as a reader personally but, as I’m always looking to expand on my reading preferences and experiences, I decided to give the book a shot either way. It’s definitely not a book that I would pick out for myself, thought this gave me all the more incentive to accept the review request and give it a read – so I did and, pleasantly, it was a nice journey.

Reader Review: The Circle – Dave Eggers

Reader Review: The Circle – Dave Eggers

I recently went to visit a renowned bookstore due to hearing such good things about it and, whilst there, I stumbled across a single copy of ‘The Circle’. Despite never having seen the film, I’ve read a lot of good things about the book itself, so I grabbed the copy and bought it, not quite knowing what the hell I was in for. It was a ride, to say the very least – a ride that gave me a headache and a crisis all in one.

March 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up

March 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up

Thinking about how fast the beginning of the year has gone and that we’re already at the end of March is actually creeping me out a little bit. It’s strange that every year, time seems to go faster because it takes up a lesser portion of our time. Anyway, let’s look at what’s been happening in the month of March!

Book Blogger Hop: March 30th

Book Blogger Hop: March 30th

I suppose my answer to this week’s question depends on what you think classifies as a ‘true’ book club. Do you factor into account online book clubs and groups? Or is it strictly regarding social clubs that meet regularly. The question’s vast (in a good way, of course!) so I’ll answer it the best I can. 

Author Interview & Giveaway: Leen Lefebre

Author Interview & Giveaway: Leen Lefebre

I got the pleasure of being able to (metaphorically) sit down with author Leen Lefebre to get a closer insight into her experience as a young author, what she does in her free time, her writing process, and her inspiration sources.

Reader Problems Book Tag

Reader Problems Book Tag

I’ve always enjoyed reading tag memes because, not only are they better to get to know the person behind the blog or the post or whichever it may be, they’re fun for both the readers to read and the writer to complete. Though, when it comes to taking part in one or any of them personally, I’ve always been hesitant to do so as there’s usually the connotation that you have to be ‘tagged’ by another person to then carry on the meme yourself.

Reader Review: P.S. I Still Love You – Jenny Han

Reader Review: P.S. I Still Love You – Jenny Han

If you caught my previous review detailing my opinion on ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m reviewing the second book in the series so quickly due to the first book taking me rather off guard. The sequel, in ways that I this time did expect, definitely lived up to what I expected of the continuation of the series – though I don’t think it quite lives up to the hype it gets.

Reader Review: The Girl Before – J.P. Delaney

Reader Review: The Girl Before – J.P. Delaney

This is another book that was picked out and sent to me by my mother because she thought the premise was interesting and that I would find it somewhat entertaining. Never having heard of the book or the author before, I went into the story without even reading the blurb and just hoping my mother’s recommendation was going to live up to my rather minimal expectations. Once again, I was definitely not let down by my mother’s taste in books. This novel was a completely hectic ride and I wish I had heard of it sooner – it truly does deserve more exposure. 

Book Blogger Hop: March 23rd

Book Blogger Hop: March 23rd

‘When meeting with friends, do your discussions usually turn to books?’ This is a fairly tricky one due to the lack of social activity in my personal life. That sounds really lame hear me out, but I recently moved to the other side of the world (rather on my own) so all my contact with my friends is through the internet and other digital means at the moment.

Reader Review: Nevernight #1 – Jay Kristoff

Reader Review: Nevernight #1 – Jay Kristoff

Despite being familiar with Jay Kristoff’s work on the Illumanie Files series (which I’m a big fan of), I actually hadn’t heard of this book until my mother sent it to me thinking that it sounded like it was my kind of premise. Before reading the book, I had rather high hopes for it due to my appreciation of the fore-mentioned Illumanie Series, and, upon completing the book, I have immense thanks for my mother for thinking to introduce it to me.

Reader Review: Gold Shadow – L.C. Perry

Reader Review: Gold Shadow – L.C. Perry

I recently received a message on Goodreads from J.C. Penny enquiringly as to whether I would be interested in possibly reviewing her young adult dystopian novel. After reading through the premise and finding it to my personal liking, I asked if she could possibly send me a copy if her offer still stood. I soon found myself immersed in the novel and, to my initial surprise, it was very captivating.

Reader Review: The Amateurs #1 – Sara Shepard

Reader Review: The Amateurs #1 – Sara Shepard

This book firstly caught my attention when I was looking through recommended book lists. I remember that it was recommended to follow an interesting, mystery led plot line and, after also eyeing the book and having been considering just reading it, I decided to take the nose dive and read my first Sara Shepard novel. Sadly, I wasn’t overly impressed.

Reader Review: Demon Freaks – J.R.R.R. Hardison

Reader Review: Demon Freaks – J.R.R.R. Hardison

Demon Freaks: ★★ When I initially read the synopsis for the plot of this book, I can definitely say for certain that my attention was grabbed straight away. Therefore, I did have a bias towards the book in the sense that I went in with […]

Reader Review: To All The Boys I Loved Before #1 – Jenny Han

Reader Review: To All The Boys I Loved Before #1 – Jenny Han

Despite this book catching my eye quite a few times during my trips to one of my preferred book warehouses, I didn’t actually take the time to pick it up and consider reading it until recently due to the fact that I just didn’t think it would suit me. Though that changed when I decided to finally start the series due to Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge, and I was definitely surprised at the outcome.

Discussion: We Are Already Being Controlled By Technology

Discussion: We Are Already Being Controlled By Technology

The likelihood of a situation like ‘The Circle’ is happening right under our noses but we just haven’t woken up and noticed how far technology has really gone.

Reader Review: Renegades #1 – Marissa Meyer

Reader Review: Renegades #1 – Marissa Meyer

When I first read the description of the plot for Renegades, I was pretty much hooked instantly. I knew that it was a book that I would have to read as soon as I got my hands on it and, once I spotted it in one of my local bookstores, I snapped up the opportunity to grab it and, damn, I’m glad that I followed my gut instinct to trust this novel from the get-go.

Reader Review: A Darker Shade Of Sorcery – Will Collins

Reader Review: A Darker Shade Of Sorcery – Will Collins

When I was first sent the description of the plot of this book, it definitely did catch my attention pretty quickly. Admittedly, it’s not the most original premise, but I was interested in how this rendition of the idea had been constructed and how well the idea was developed. Therefore, in exchange for a review, I offered to be sent the book to read it, and I, honestly, sped through it in a way I didn’t expect.

Reader Review: Otherworld – Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller

Reader Review: Otherworld – Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller

Otherworld is definitely a book that drew quite a bit of attention when it was first announced and it’s grown quite an audience, so I knew that it was going to be something to appear on my ‘TBR’. After eyeing the book in one of my local book warehouses for weeks on end, I finally decided that I was in the mood to just bite the bullet and read it. I was… surprised, and not for all good reasons. 

Discussion: Is Being A Criminal In Your Genetics?

Discussion: Is Being A Criminal In Your Genetics?

In light of recent events – most notably the instance of the Florida school shooting – I want to turn my attention to a largely controversial and endlessly talked about topic. What makes a criminal into a criminal? Is it plausible that some of us may be born with certain DNA that would, in turn, make us more likely to commit criminal acts, or is it the environmental factors that make all the difference? We won’t truly ever know. 

Reader Review: Release – Patrick Ness

Reader Review: Release – Patrick Ness

When Patrick Ness releases a new novel which suddenly has a huge rave about it, it’s no surprise that it’s going to draw attention. Patrick Ness could probably publish a book with a single page repeated over and over a few hundred times, and it would still draw attention without skipping a beat. So I had been meaning to pick up ‘Release’ for quite some time now and I recently just got around to doing so. 

Reader Review: History Is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera

Reader Review: History Is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera

When I spotted a single copy this book tucked away on a low shelf in one of my local bookshops, I knew that I had to grab it when I had the chance. Not only have I heard great things about this particular work of Adam Silvera’s, but I have also been a fan of his writing since I picked up ‘They Both Die At The End’. So, I dived into this book with admittedly high expectations.

Reader Review: The Doll Funeral – Kate Hamer

Reader Review: The Doll Funeral – Kate Hamer

This book was strange. That’s the simplest way to put it frankly. It was confusing and it was weird, but that didn’t necessarily make it bad. No, I rated the book 3 stars, which is better than 2, that’s for sure, but I mainly provided it with the rating due to the way that the book made me feel; disconnected and hazy.

Reader Review:                                       Shades Of Magic Series – V.E. Schwab

Reader Review: Shades Of Magic Series – V.E. Schwab

I recently completed reading the somewhat renown ‘Shades Of Magic’ series by V.E. Schwab. Despite hearing endless good feedback about the series and seeing an array of love for it on social media, I wasn’t actually able to get my hands on the books to read them (and, admittedly, I was hesitant that the series and premise wouldn’t interest me in the first place).

Book Blogger Hop: May 11th | Picking Favourites

Book Blogger Hop: May 11th | Picking Favourites

Could you ever pick a favourite book or is it like picking a favourite child? ‘Book Blogger Hop’ is hosted by CoffeeAddictedWriter. I swear, I write my answers to these questions each week in the strangest of places. Two Fridays ago I was sitting in a […]

Author Interview & Giveaway: Candace Wondrak

Author Interview & Giveaway: Candace Wondrak

I was recently offered the opportunity to read and review Candace Wondrak’s book ‘A Mark Unwilling’ and, as well as this, I was actually able to get the chance to chat with the author herself in regards to her experience as a writer, how she fills her spare time, and what words of inspiration and motivation she holds dear to her writing trade.