Oh, good lord, this is another week that has been fairly hectic in both good and bad ways. I want to say that it’s all gone smoothly after we picked up Arlo (if you recall that grumpy pup from a few weeks back) and, whilst he’s been an adorable menace who is my entire world, there have been a few bumps in the road. Therefore, this week’s answer will go into my personal life as well and give you a general update. Though the question is a fairly personal one so I think it fits.
This book is one that had been on my ‘to be read’ list for quite some time so, upon finally seeing the novel in my local book warehouse, I was excited to get my hands on a copy and get ready it as soon as possible. From just the blurb of the book, it’s evident that the narrative is focused around an interesting, complex, and yet original premise that catches the attention of the person reading it and makes them want to explore it to a further extent. With a story that stands out so much, it’s no surprise that the book has gotten a lot of positive attention – and I’m here to only add to that further.
his week seems to have gone incredibly fast. It feels like I was only posted the last week’s BBH answer the other day, but I’ve somewhat been getting caught up in things (mental health wise) so apologies if I’ve been scarce. Good news though is that we’re going to pick up Arlo tomorrow!
More on that later though, as this is an excellent question.
The title of this book is the main thing that first caught my attention due to the fact that it’s such a common and yet misinterpreted phase. My mind instantly went to the thought of ‘there’s no normal’, and I was quick to judge the book before actually getting more information about its plot and premise. However, after looking into the rough narrative of the book, I felt that it was one that deserved a shot, even if the title slightly made me hesitant in reading it. Once again, my hesitation could’ve prevented me from experiencing this incredible read.
Whilst this is an excellent question, I have no clue where to even begin. Throughout the past two years, I’ve really been able to get back into my reading after having graduated college and it’s definitely become an element of my self-care as I fell into a pretty dark place. Therefore, I’ve been getting through books like no tomorrow these past two years, and I don’t think I can necessarily pinpoint an author that I know I’ve read the most.
I was completely taken off guard by this book. I was really skirting around this book just due to the fact that the look of it didn’t grab my attention. I don’t know why I thought the book wouldn’t be suited to me, but, whenever I found myself in a bookshop with the novel sitting on the shelf in front of me, I’d turn away. However, this changed when I actually took the time to read the blurb of the book and completely felt like kicking my own ass for overlooking it. So, naturally, I made sure to grab a copy as soon as I was able to so that I finally could experience this book I was eyeing and wondering about for so long.
Good things, I would hope. Haha, bad joke – sorry. Wow, okay, this is somewhat of an odd question because I’ve also been considering it a lot lately in terms of what I want my blog to be focused around and what type of messages I want to get out there. This blog is still very new, I’m still getting familiar with the whole blogging game, and, with life getting in the way, I have had a few set backs in trying to get things up and running. In a sense, I don’t even know what direction I want my blog to ‘officially take’, which says quite a bit about other elements of my life as well.
Jeez, can you believe that we’re half-way through the year already? I start every wrap-up with seemingly reflecting on how fast life is passing, but it’s really going by too quick. In some aspects, that’s a good thing I suppose, though it also somewhat sucks as things tend to get a bit hectic around here. The blog lacked this month, and for that I apologise, though let’s see what’s been happening.
Lately, it seems that this book has been all the rage – I’ve been spotting it featured on recommended lists across an array of different literature sites and book blogs and I’ve seen the mass of positive reviews pour in. As more and more people continuously provided good feedback on the first installation of this new series, I knew that I had to grab the book when I saw it during a trip to a local bookstore. I had skimmed the blurb previously, though, admittedly, I went into reading without knowing much about the plot at all – I hadn’t even known what the genre actually was. Needless to say, I was incredibly caught off-guard and endlessly impressed.
Due to my previous introductions to this weekly question meme, I feel like I always need to start off with some weird kind of event that’s cropped up in my life. However, apart from picking out my new puppy (he’s so tiny!), not much has actually been happening. Far Cry 5 has been kicking my ass, that’s for sure. Anyway, enough with that, let’s get on with the question. It’s a pretty tough one this week (also, check the end of the post for a photo of my new pup, I like showing him off).
As soon as I received an email from author James Wallace Birch, I knew that his book was one that was going to capture my attention. He made the story sound interesting and captivating from the get-go without giving away the details of the plot or the characters themselves, and so I knew the read would be one that I wanted to experience for myself. As a fan of books that look into society and the issues that the world has faced throughout different time periods, I knew that I would be happy to read and review the book after the author described it as ‘contemporary fiction’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).