Books

My top 10 bookish delights

I'm taking part in The Broke and The Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme and this week's topic is 'top ten bookworm delights'. This was a pretty perfect topic for me as I've been thinking a lot about what I love about being a bookworm. The reason? Well it's twofold really, on the one hand I'm in the process of buying a house (so I'm thinking about ways to redecorate and it involves LOTS of bookshelves) and on the other I'm getting married next year and I'm looking for little ways to bring my love of books into the ceremony. (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
Books

Re-reading books: a do or a don’t?

In the interests of full disclosure, I've had this post drafted for about a week now, however, Kelly at Pub(lishing) Crawl beat me to the punch with her fab post 'Confessions of a re-reader' so you should definitely go read that too!
      This has been a really long, stressful week. My fiancé and I are going through the house-buying process (and if you're wondering what it's like...it's just faff, huge, endless enormous amounts of faff and money), work has been quite intense and my car decided to pack in on Tuesday - THANKS CAR! So I grabbed a book and read the stress away. But I didn't grab a new book. Oh no. I ignored my towering TBR pile and I grabbed an old one off the shelf. One I've read multiple times before.   I have a handful of favourites that I’ve re-read more times than I can count:
  • The City Watch books from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett (Guards, Guards; Men at Arms; Feet of Clay; Jingo; The Fifth Elephant; Night Watch; Thud; Snuff)
  • The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger (Soulless, Changeless, Heartless, Blameless, Timeless)
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (OK, I’ll hold my hands up and confess: for this one I know it so well I just skip through all the parts I don’t find interesting, eg the whole Tom Bombadil section and all the song lyrics)
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By InkyBumblebee, ago
Books

My not-so-secret love for Gail Carriger’s books

  I can firmly blame my friend Kirsty for getting me into Gail Carriger's books. It started with Soulless from the Parasol Protectorate series and pretty much exploded out from there as I motored through all her other books as fast as I could get my greedy mitts on them. Why do I love her books? To put it simply: werewolves and vampires in high society, with a hefty slice of humour, intrigue and treacle tart. All the books are such fun reads. Genuinely fun reads. Sure, there's the odd dip here and there, but on the whole, they're just so much fun. And yes, I realise that I've now said the word fun three times.  

How many books are there?

At present, there's three series that take place within the same universe. If you read by the release dates it's the Parasol Protectorate series first, then the Finishing School and now the Custard Protocol series. Chronologically it goes: 1) The Finishing School series (four books) 2) The Parasol Protectorate series (five books, plus a short story) 3) The Custard Protocol series (one book - so far!)  

Who are they for?

Technically speaking, the Finishing School series is for young adults and the other series are for adults, and you can definitely enjoy one series without reading the other. But! It does add a certain something to the reading experience to get all these little snippets of backstory and character building if you read them all. As a fan, I say READ THEM ALL!! Perhaps with a slice of treacle tart and a cup of tea on hand.   (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
Review

Review: Blood Red Road

Title: Blood Red Road Author: Moira Young Series: Dust Lands (book one) Who's it for: Teens What's it about? Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries. Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.

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By InkyBumblebee, ago
Review

Review: Allegiant

  Title: Allegiant Author: Veronica Roth Series: Divergent (book 3) Who's it for? Teens What's it about? The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered - fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature - and of herself - while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

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By InkyBumblebee, ago
Books

Let’s take a shelfie

I didn't actually get chance to read over the weekend - family birthdays, baking and Valentine's Day quickly ate up all my free time. But what I did manage to do was to set up another bookcase in my living room. Which makes five bookcases at home and three still at my parents house. That's normal, right? Right?! (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
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Review: Scarlet

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) Title: Scarlet Author: Marissa Meyer Series: The Lunar Chronicles (book two) Who's it for? Teens What's it about? Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. The police have closed her case. The only person Scarlet can turn to is Wolf, a street fighter she does not trust, but they are drawn to each other. Meanwhile, in New Beijing, Cinder will become the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive - when she breaks out of prison to stay one step ahead of vicious Queen Levana. As Scarlet and Wolf expose one mystery, they encounter Cinder and a new one unravels. Together they must challenge the evil queen, who will stop at nothing to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner...

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By InkyBumblebee, ago
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