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…)
I have a confession to make, fellow bookworms. Judge me kindly. I let my books get dusty. So, I imagine there's two different types of people right now:
- First type: "That is really grim and you should feel ASHAMED!"
- Second type: "I'm not sure why you're making this a thing"
It’s one of those things that sometimes feels like it happens on a whim. Either the publishers feel a certain cover isn’t working anymore, or the books get republished after the release of a long awaited sequel – but no matter what the reason, the outcome is this: your bookshelf Read more…
I finally got round to seeing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two at the cinema. It's a great film. It has some amazing, emotional scenes (the scene with Katniss and the cat springs to mind - Jennifer Laurence really, really threw herself into that one) but something was missing. Don't get me wrong, it was great but... The book was better. There's one main reason I believe the book is superior to the film. The depiction of Katniss. This is no reflection on Jennifer Laurence's acting skills in any way, shape or form, but in the book, you're in Katniss' head. You can see all her cold calculations that she makes to survive and keep those she loves alive. Without knowing those thoughts, her motives and her actions seem a lot more straightforward in the film. Take her relationship with Peeta, there was a lot more going on in her head than what you could see on screen. If you've only seen the films and not read the book go read them, it's worth it. So this got me thinking - could the film ever be better than the book? (more…)
I signed up for NaNoWriMo this year with the greatest of intentions. I was going to update my novel every day, read a couple of books a week, write at least two blog posts and still work full-time. And so far - novel-wise - I'm doing pretty well! Everything else-wise...hahaha there's just writing, ALL THE WRITING! For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and happens every November. During this time writers across the world race to write 50 000 words in one month. Nope, you read that right. 50 000 words. One month. (more…)
The dilemmaRecently I spent an extraordinarily long period of time on trains (five hours there, five hours back) and it got me thinking about the perfect ratio of books to take away on holiday. I spent hours travelling and that basically adds up to a lot of reading time. But this meant that before I went I had to spend ages staring at my bookcases (and book heaps...and kindle...) debating on how I was going to approach this. In five hours I can theoretically read three books, but this depends on how long they are, how packed the train is, whether I'm expected to talk to people around me etc, plus there's the return journey too. So I was thinking a potential six books to pick out. This is not including books to read while I was there. (more…)
The other day I was reading on my lunchbreak at work when one of the main characters died. Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you what book it is and it’s not one I’m planning to review either. Hence the reason why I feel comfortable dropping what would otherwise Read more…
Two weeks ago I bought a copy of The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett. As of today I finally finished it. Later I will do a proper review, but today…today it felt like my first blog post in a year should be something more. I’ve been a fan of Terry Pratchett since I first read Guards, Guards aged 11 (it was my dad’s book and I was in the habit of reading whatever I could find on the bookshelves at home). Guards, Guards remains my absolute favourite of the Discworld series and it’s probably because it was the first one I read. The first one to introduce me to those amazing stories. (more…)