am i in a reading slump?

I hear lots of readers on You Tube and Twitter complain of being in a reading slump and not having read much at all that week/month etc

I have only read 3 books this year!! Yes this year all 5 months of it!

And one of those was basically a novella!

I dont really know what the symptoms of a reading slump are, i guess it different for each person but in case you are feeling like me I’ll list mine here.

  1.  I desperately want to read a good book, to lose myself in a story with great characters etc
  2.  I have the devil of a time choosing a title from the old TBR that makes me feel excited
  3.  Once a title is chosen I then feel some anxiety about opening and beginning the novel
  4.  If i’ve got past that then it feels like an effort to engage myself with the characters, plotline, world building etc
  5.  If i’ve got into the story and am really enjoying it i begin to relax a little
  6.  but then… the thought of wading through the rest of the book, enjoyable or not exhausts me and I tend to give up and so the cycle begins all over again.

Does this sound like you?

How can i change things?

i think maybe book blogging and my book buying addiction are at the root of all this.  When faced with such a wonderful choice of books; and i do have some amazing books on my shelves, look

its just exhausting to imagine reading them all and which ones i should go for first.  Life was so much easier when i had a few books to read only.

Wow, dont i sound a whingey old wind bag?

I hope I shake this slump off soon.  Do let me know if youve had this problem, please?

 

A book haul did you say? dont mind if i do!

Just a quick post to share with you some of the splendiferous books that I appear to have acquired recently. They seem to magnetically attach to my hands! No idea how it happens but hey, whos complaining?

First we have some rather lovely books i was sent by those splendid folk called publishers

I am especially excited to have New Boy by Tracy Chevalier as its part of the Hogarth Shakespeare re-imagined series. I now own almost 4 (one is in the post to me as i type) out of the 8 books they are publishing where modern days authors re-imagine a selection of  Shakespeare plays.


I also bought a few books myself (well I am a bookaholic so no excuses needed eh?)

What a stack!

I am so excited to have a copy of Replica at last plus The Hate You Give and you can see another two books in the Hogarth Shakespeare series here; A Gap in Time and My name is Shylock.

I’ll be doing a post on all the books in the series later in the month.

Anything you fancy here?   Or do you have any book recs for me? (they are always welcome)

 

The Female Man by Joanna Russ

I got fed up waiting for a special book to arrive (which should be here today) yesterday and began reading this instead

Its one of three books from the SF Masterworks collection of classic Science Fiction that i was uber kindly sent by Stevie over at Orion/Gollancz books. This was first published in 1975 and i just adore the old style, almost cheesy covers of all the books in this set.

Its about 4 different versions of the same women from 4 different/parallel universes sort of thingy. It makes for damn confusing reading at times, there are paragraphs of ‘stream of consciousness’ writing like Virginia Woolf which is really hard to get into the groove of.

I had about a million questions and I was only 23 pages in!

I dont think im the target audience this book is intended for and certainly with it having been published over 40 years ago it reads very old fashioned, but…

…having said all that I really did quite enjoy it! Yay!

The humour in it is wonderful, very tongue in cheek in places. Full of sarcasm and wit and with a very strong feminist message. I tabbed quite a few pages as you can see. I wanted to remember some of the classic lines.

I’m not sure it was the perfect SFF starting point for me but I cant wait to read some more of the wonderful Masterworks series.

Have you read this? what did you think?

 

 

 

 

Blogging about The Brontes

I’ve been in love with all things  Bronte for ooh such a good many years, about 30 or more i reckon.  I haven’t read all of their books just Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights (though i’m not sure i finished it or understood it but thats beside the point) My love for those three young ladies has known no bounds so I thought i’d do a series of blog posts celebrating them.

I am actually far more fascinated by their lives than their written works if i’m honest and visiting Haworth parsonage is still a dream to visit one day.

I have some books arriving Saturday and once they are here I can begin the celebrations

 

Stacking The Shelves (240)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Click HERE to visit the page and join in for yourself.

I haven’t taken part in this for far too long so as part of my New Year, New Plan strategy for my blog i thought it was about time i did. Especially since I have hauled the most amazing books in this, the first week of 2017.

Here is my haul:

BOOKS BOUGHT

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin


The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney


Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff


His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet


BOOKS SENT FOR REVIEW

The Bombs that brought us together by Brain Conaghan


The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

The books sent for review were total surprises which is always nice.  I do already have a proof copy of The Edge of Everything which i requested last month but now i have a gorgeous finished copy too with the most amazing orange sprayed edges, look!

Let me know if you’ve read any of these and if so what you thought of them.

Happy New Year

 

How i keep organised with new books

Watching so many book tubers as i do I get to hear about loads and loads of stupendous new books coming out in a few weeks/months time. Now i dont know about you but i cant keep track of them all and their publishing dates and i’d hate to miss even one of them being available for purchasing, wouldnt you?

So whats the solution?

Spreadsheets!  yes thats right a good old fashioned spreadsheet.

Here’s one i made earlier:

I find it so useful for keeping track of whats coming out.  A lot of the books are most probably already published as i dont really buy hardback books so this is mostly for me to see when the paperback version comes out.  I hate having to wait so long for them when i really want to read the book.

You are welcome to use this information if it helps.

How do you keep track of books youre waiting for to arrive?

a few of my most anticipated books of 2017

I’ve made myself a spreadsheet of all the books coming out in 2017 that i really cant wait to buy and devour.  I intend to add to it as and when i hear of a good book coming along.

Yes, i know i’m a nerd but i’m proud of it!

I love being organised plus its exciting to look at a list of books and to count down the days/weeks/months until i can have them in my life/ on my shelf.

So to begin, here are just 5 of them to make my mouth water.

HOMEGOING BY Yaa Gyasi

Isnt this just a stonkingly beautiful cover?

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader’s wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel – the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself.

Its miles away from my usual taste but I really fancy this one for some reason and i reckon i’ll love it.  its published tomorrow – 5th January – by Viking so i dont have long to wait fortunately.

FELL BY Jenn Ashworth

In this eerie, atmospheric and mysterious tale, a woman returns to the house in Morecambe Bay where she grew up in the 1960s to find it falling apart, undermined by the roots of two huge sycamores. She is unaware that she has awoken the spirits of her parents, Jack and Nettie Clifford, who watch anxiously as their daughter Annette is overwhelmed by the state of the house and realise too late how far they neglected her as a child.

This has been shown so much love on Book Tube that I cannot wait for this to come out in paperback. Not until 6th April though so patience will be needed. (what is patience?) Published by Sceptre.

 
EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN BY Chris Cleave

When war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up.
Tom Shaw decides to give it a miss – until his flatmate Alistair unexpectedly enlists, and the conflict can no longer be avoided.
Young, bright and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is – bewilderingly – made a teacher, she instead finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget.
Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary.

I’m really getting into stories about WW2 so this is gonna be a corker if all i hear is true.  Published on 12th January also by Sceptre its another book i can get my grubby mitts on real soon.

WHO'S THAT GIRL BY Mhairi McFarlane

She kissed the groom. She’s not the bride…
Edie thought she’d found The One…until he told her he was marrying someone else. And on the day of his wedding, when he kisses her, life really does go pear-shaped…
Labelled as a home-wrecker and office outcast, when her boss offers her the chance to get out of town Edie jumps at it, even though moving back in with her eccentric father and prickly sister isn’t exactly the escape she needs.
When her work throws her into the path of rising star and heartthrob Elliot, Edie is expecting a highly strung diva. But as their unexpected friendship develops, Elliot isn’t the only one in the spotlight…

Now if you know me at all you’ll know that i cannot be doing with chick lit/rom com nonsense, However….   This does sound like its much better than that and has had lots of love from booktubers who themselves wouldnt normally read it.  Another long wait for this though as its not published until 9th February by Harper.

THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS BY Emily Barr

Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can’t remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.
Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t, and the next day she remembers it. It’s the first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten.
But the boy is gone. She thinks he’s moved to the Arctic.
Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?

Now doesnt this just sound wonderful?  well i think so. Another YA contemporary novel to add to my ever growing collection. This one will only keep me waiting until 12th January though, hooray! Published by Penguin.

So, what are you most anticipated books of 2017?

Lets chat.

New Year, New Look, New Post, New book

Hey, i’m a poet and i didnt know it with my blog post header!

So lets get on and i’ll explain all.

First of all, let me wish everyone who has visited my blog and anyone who visits in the future a stonkingly good Happy New Year. In honour of this I decided to give my blog a bit of a makeover. Nothing special just a new theme from WordPress but i really like the scrolling banner which highlights certain posts. Cool isnt it?

And last of all this is my choice for first book of the year.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I was so lucky to be sent an early copy of the paperback just before Christmas.

He was good. The best fighter she’d ever faced. But Safi and Iseult were better

All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom. But with war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

I’ll report back on this book later.

 

Blogmas 2016 – Day 2 – any book

Hey, look i’m still here and its Day 2 already, go me!

Day 2 can be about ‘any book’ so what shall i choose?

Well, i’m bending the rules ever so slightly, more of a tweak really and including 2 books! I know, i’m such a rebel!

I bought the twelve days of Dash & Lily without realising that there was a book about them that came before, once I did i had to buy it and read them in the right order which i did last week and boy, did I love them both.

Sometimes joint authoring of a book can be difficult and will often water down the writing skills of each author but in this case i believe they wrote a chapter each, David with Dash’s part and Rachel with Lily’s and it worked out beautifully. I just adore David’s writing, his dialogue is full of feeling and meaning without being too cheesy or cliched. Rachels writing is more humorous but with a good amount of feels too.

I loved being in the company of Dash & Lily and was so distraught when i finished the last page of The Twelve Days. I miss those guys. So David & Rachel if you ever read this post (about as likely as me piloting a flying pig to the moon) then you must write a new one each Christmas to keep me going please.

Have you read this?

Let me know what you thought?

Merry Blogmas!

Blogmas 2016 – Day 1 – My December TBR

Hey, i’m taking part in Blogmas 2016 which is a fab daily blogging challenge created and run by The Book Moo

What do i have to do?

Well, basically you have to blog every day in December using a list of prompts

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I really love these kinds of challenges and i really, really want to complete it but we’ll see. Only time will tell.

So Day 1 is a post about my December TBR is it?  Now I have so much trouble with TBR being a mood reader but here are 4 books I really hope to get read this month

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The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper – This would be a re-read and probably only the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Chapters which are so amazingly written! God, this book gives me the warm and fuzzies for sure!
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland – I’ve already started this and its really well written so I’m hoping to finish it soon.
What Light by Jay Asher – Sounds a nice gentle Christmas read and one i’m really in the mood for right now.
Fantastic Beasts by J.K. Rowling – Wow! this is one I cant wait to read, but also can’t bear to read because a magical book by the queen of Magical books herself does not come along very often nowadays so i want to sip it slowly and make it last.

I’m currently reading this which I forgot to add to the photo (good work me!)

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It’s just the perfect read right now and has recipes in for the season too, what more can you wish for?

I’m so looking forward to doing this each day, i wonder how long i will last?

Join in with me and encourage me to stick at it won’t ya?

Happy Blogmas folks!