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 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

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Joanne M Harris – Runemarks blog tour

Welcome to my stop on the Runemarks blog tour where I am more than happy to host another extract. To make sure you read these in the right order you might want to visit Ourfirstyearhere.wordpress.com to read Day 8. If you want to read all the previous and future extracts then this will direct you where you need to go. Isn’t the artwork just gorjuss? Right, down to business   Blurb Day 9 – Extract MALBRY WAS A VILLAGE OF some eight hundred souls. A quiet place, or so it seemed, set between mountain ridges in the valley of the

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Why I can’t read Fantastic Beasts

I bought myself a copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them by the incomparable JK Rowling, I mean how could I not get a copy right? It arrived today after much stalking of Postie by me. It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous book and it shows just how much I wanted it because it’s a hardback and you know i loathe hardback books! So it’s here, I’ve photographed it, hugged it and then finally sit down to read the damn thing but oh oh! I couldn’t do it! Why? Well it’s coz it’s such a special thing, a book about

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A new Stephanie Meyer novel, for adults?

Yes indeedy folks, she has written her first ever novel for us grown ups (did i just admit to being a grown up? not true, not true at all) its called… The Chemist and i’m getting sent a copy on its publication date next month – 8th November *all the cheers and clappings* but in the meantime I was sent this intriguing package the other day from those splendid people at Little Brown   I never get to be part of these mega cool marketing techniques that other bloggers get (are you detecting sour grapes and a tantrum in the

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What Alice Knew by T.A. Cotterell

This may contain spoilers, so be warned! I was kindly sent an early proof copy of this by Transworld so I have to thank them, which makes it even harder for me to say that this book was a big disappointment. *sighs loudly* To be fair it has a cracking opening and the pace was kept up really well to begin with but….. I felt it was full of too many confusing and un-necessary red herrings and things to put us off the scent of solving the mystery The mystery seemed to be solved about a 5th of the way

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The Last Beginning by Lauren James

CHEESEFEST! There i’ve said it. This was one huge cheesefest. Which means i didnt like it very much, sadly. Her first book The Next Together was an incredibly clever concept, time travel, time loops, historical love affairs etc. and would have been an award winning novel if it had been written by a more experienced person. Sadly it came out as very tacky and the concepts were wasted with pointless drivel and cheesy love themes.   I lost count of how many times the female character said, and i quote “her toes curled” when he kissed me.  Ugghhh! just NO. This

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Arcadia is bamboozling me

See this book? Arcadia by Iain Pears so many booktubers have read or hauled this recently so I had to give it a go right? I mean, just look at how bloody gorgeous that cover is! Its a 9 out of 10 for sure (it would have been a 10 out of 10 but for the fact that the first and last letters on each row are kind of blurry? I’m sure this has a valid reason in the plot but damn it makes my eyes go goggly so thats why it dropped a point) The story sounds so good,

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New Book Sunday

Hello everyone, i am so pleased to report that this week I am lurgy free! Hooray, I hear you cry. Well you probably didnt actually coz i dare say youre not bothered but there you go, thought i’d mention it anyway. *imagine tumbleweed blowing past* So, lets get back to the business in hand. Books! bliss! how un-utterably gorgeous is this pile of printed paper? Books I bought I makes no apology for up sizing these images to HUGE because they are scrumptious!  I have wanted to own a copy of The Sin Eaters Daughter for ages now. Now i

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Showcase Sunday 95

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. Its great to join in with this again thanks to Vicky at books, biscuits and tea I’ve had a really good week. My blog is getting busier again now that things are gearing up again after the Christmas relax. I may be part of a very cool blog tour this month, just waiting to hear

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World Book Night 2015

This is something very new to me as i wasnt writing this blog a year ago but what a great idea it is. World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April. It sees passionate volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books. World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life. I

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