Books

Top Ten Tuesday Rewind!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's theme is a top ten rewind, so I get to choose any top ten theme to revisit and I'm going for... *drumroll* My top ten favourite book quotes! I love, love, love when I find a fabulous book quote and I plan to use a few of these to decorate my future office. However, I'm going to hold my hands up and confess that I had to find the exact quotes on Goodreads - I'm in the process of moving house and all my books are boxed up (great sadness) - but I couldn't pass up on putting up some of my favourite quotes. So without further ado, on to the list! (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
Adult

Review: The Martian

  Title: The Martian Author: Andy Weir Series: None Who's it for? Adults   What's it about? I'm stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I'm in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I'll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I'll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I'll just kind of explode. If non of those things happen, I'll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I'm screwed. [Blurb taken from book]   (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
Books

Books I’d buy right now if I had a fully loaded giftcard

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is 'ten books you'd buy right this second if you had a fully loaded giftcard' and this may be the easiest post I've ever written.   Seriously. All I needed to do was crack open my Amazon wishlist/saved for later list and it just wrote itself.   Just squeaking under the wire with this, so onwards to the list! (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
Recommended Read

Review: False Hearts

  Title: False Hearts Author: Laura Lam Series: None Who's it for? Adults. Not that I think that teens wouldn't enjoy it, but it does involve sex, drugs and violence...so personal preference I guess   What's it about? One night Tila stumbles home, terrified and covered in blood. She's then arrested for murder, the first by a civilian in decades. The San Francisco police suspect involvement with Verve, a powerful drug, and offer her twin sister Taema a chilling deal. Taema must assume Tila's identity and gather information to bring down the drug syndicate. The police may then let her sister live. However, Taema's investigation raises ghosts from the twins' past. The sisters were raised by a cult, which banned modern medicine - yet as conjoined twins, they needed life-saving surgery to replace their failing heart. And with help from co-conspirators, they escaped. Taema now discovers that Tila had found links between the cult and the city's criminal underworld. The twins were once unable to keep secrets, but will learn the true cost of lies. [Blurb taken from the book]   (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
Other

More bookish facts about me than you can shake a stick at

I'm taking part in The Broke and The Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme and this week's topic is 'Ten Facts About Me'. I've not been around much recently. All the usual suspects (work/life) have conspired against me and it has left zero time for blogging and for reading. However, this meme is great for getting those blogging braincells into gear, so it felt like a good time to post again.   Anyway, onwards to the facts! (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
Books

My latest book haul

I haven't done a book haul post before, but I figured I'd acquired so many new books recently I just had to shout about them.    

Ones I boughtuprootedandbrokensky

I walked into my local Waterstones recently and walked out with Uprooted by Naomi Novik and Broken Sky by L. A. Weatherly. I LOVED the Temeraire series, so I've got high hopes for Uprooted, and I grabbed Broken Sky because you can't just get one book on a buy one get one half price offer. Although it did mean I spent about an hour wandering around reading blurb after blurb. It was an hour well spent I think! (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
Review

Review: The Night Itself

  Title: The Night Itself Author: Zoë Marriott Series: The Name of the Blade (book one)   Who's it for? Teens   What's it about? When fifteen-year-old Mio steals the katana - her grandfather's priceless sword - she just wants to liven up a fancy-dress costume. But the katana is more than a dusty heirloom, and her actions unleash an ancient evil onto the streets of modern-day London. Mio is soon stalked by the terrors of mythical Japan and it is only the appearance of a mysteriously familiar warrior boy that saves her life. Mio must learn to control the katana's legendary powers fast or she risks losing not only her own life...but the love of a lifetime.

[Blurb taken from book]

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By InkyBumblebee, ago
Baking

Inky Bumblebee’s guide to a basic sponge

I've been baking since I was little. Well, when I was really little I remember sitting on the worktop watching my mum bake - that's basically the same thing, right? And while I love books, I also love cake, and what I'd really like to do is combine my love of both into something delicious. But you can't just decorate a sponge, you actually have to make one too. What follows is the basic sponge recipe as taught to me by my mum (thanks, Mum) and it involves only four ingredients:

  • Granulated sugar
  • Butter
  • Self-raising flour
  • Egg(s) (make sure they're room temperature before you start) (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
Review

Review: Atlantia

  Title: Atlantia Author: Ally Condie Series: None   Who's it for? Teens   What's it about? Rio dreams of leaving the underwater city of Atlantis and living in the world Above. But all Rio's hopes for the future are shattered when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected choice, leaving Rio stranded Below. Atlantia is crumbling. Guided by an unlikely mentor, Rio begins to ask treacherous questions about her destiny, her home and the corrupted system that governs the Divide between land and sea. Her life - and the fate of her city - depends on Rio listening to the voices of the past, and her willingness to speak the forgotten truth.

(Blurb taken from the book)

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By InkyBumblebee, ago
Other

The madness of May…

May has been a very strange month for me. Strange, stressful and filled with a distinct lack of free time. With one thing and another I've had very little time to do anything , and I've possibly signed more official documents in the past couple of weeks than I have all of last year. (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago