Wrapping Up The Week (4th June – 10th June)

I feel like I have been having the best weekend ever. While I haven’t done a tonne of reading this week, I did get hit with an amazing story idea that I have thrown myself into since Friday (which I will discuss later on in the blog post). Not only that, but I’ve also taken some time to watch some TV and just relax a little.

Blogging was a little tough to keep up with this week, with Tuesday being a pain thanks to my laptop taking two hours to update leaving me unable to write my Top Ten post, and just being busy in the evenings. I am hoping to get a schedule in place for next week that means I can do some more blogging.

Books I read and reviewed…

empire of storms

This week I finally got around to finishing and reviewing Empire of Storms, which was just amazing. It was incredible to see everything fall into place, knowing that all of this was set into motion in the first book. I was blown away and I hate that I have to wait so long to find out what happens to them all. At least I have Tower of Dawn still left to read and the Assassin’s Blade, too. There were a few places in the book that seemed a little slow and for this reason I ended up giving it 4 stars, which you can read about here.

I am currently reading…

frozen tides

Still making my way through this, mainly because I’ve been so distracted and NOT because it is boring. The exact opposite really, as I am loving the fourth instalment in the series. I would say I am around 65% of the way through and I feel like a few major incidents have happened. This series is definitely more character driven and I kind of like that. Too much action can get a little boring at times. Fingers crossed I can possibly finish this tomorrow night.

Posts from the week…

WWW Wednesday – Shocking Twists

May Book Haul – Some of My Favourites (Plus a Little Chat About My Writing)

A much quieter week, as mentioned before, but I still feel like I have accomplished a lot. I also went to a convention with work on Wednesday which completely tired me out. I’m surprised I even managed to write a blog post on that day. Who knew socialising would be so tiring?

My WIP…

If you follow my blog you will know that for the last 7/8 months I have been working on a novel called The Lost Heir. Well…I kind of shoved that to the side to make room for a new work in progress that features dragons, and I’m pretty sure it was inspired by the third How To Train Your Dragon trailer. Not that it features any of their story ideas, but it does feature some kick-ass dragons.

I’ve managed to write nearly 5,000 words so far for the first draft, with the first chapter being completed. I have to say that already I feel like this is the book I should be writing. Everything is so clear in my head. I managed to write 900 words for the character descriptions (just so I don’t change things by accident) and even managed to do a rough outline for the first half of the story in 1,400 words. I don’t want to say too much but it involves a race of humans that can turn into dragons called the Dracari, dragon guardians, hunters, blood mages, and lots of politics. I can’t wait for all the drama to unfold. I’m not sure whether it will be a standalone or a duology, but I will find out soon.

page-break

And that is all folks! I hope that you managed to read some amazing books this week.

Let me know in the comments how your week went.

 

 

Wrapping Up The Week (28th May – 3rd June)

Even though I was only at work three days this week (thanks to a bank holiday and extra day off) I still felt so drained. I’m pretty sure it’s due to the humid weather we’re having at the moment in the UK and it is making me realise how much I miss Autumn and Winter. I prefer prefer being cosy in a jumper and wrapped in a blanket in the evenings. Still got a while to go until I can do that again.

I would say that this week has been a good one for reading, finishing two books and being over halfway through another one. I doubt I will get as much reading done this week with a full week at work, but I will try my hardest!

Books I read and reviewed…

ace of shades

The first book I finished this week was Ace of Shades, which I was approved to review on NetGalley. This was the first novel I had read from Amanda Foody, even though I have her debut on my shelf, which I am going to get around to soon. I first heard about Ace of Shades from twitter and it really intrigued me. Once I got into the flow of the story I found myself enjoying the world of New Reynes and all the mystery that surrounded the characters. While this isn’t the best book I have ever read, I thought it was a fun and light read, and I am looking forward to the sequel, King of Fools, next year. You can click here to see my review.

ruin and rising

I finally finished off the Grisha trilogy with Ruin and Rising, and I’m honestly sad to have finished with these characters and their story. I thought that the ending was great, with a few twists thrown in for good measure, and it was perfect for me. There was a lot of action in the last 50 pages that kept me wanting to reach the end. I found myself still wanting to know more about the world, so I guess it’s a good thing that I have the Six of Crows series to read and that King of Scars comes out next year. You can check out my full review here.

I am currently reading…

empire of storms

I put Empire of Storms down for a bit to read the two books above, but now I am back to reading the 600 plus page book and I’m enjoying it. There were a few slow bits in places, but it has started to pick back up now. There’s a lot of events and characters to keep track of, but their paths are crossing more now which makes it easier. I still have about 280 pages left to read, so there is a lot that could happen between now and then. I better get reading tonight if I want to finish it in the first half of the week!

Posts from the week…

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In

WWW Wednesday – Finishing Off a Trilogy

Wrapping Up May -18 – Hitting New Targets

My TBR For June – An Exciting Month

A busy week for the blog, with four posts going out and that doesn’t include the two reviews either. I am also happy to say that I finally reached 300 followers! I cannot wait until I have 500 because then I can treat you all to a fun giveaway!

My WIP…

Over the bank holiday I didn’t do any editing, mainly because I was focused on reading two books so I reached my goal of 7 for the month. However, I still managed to write another 8,000 words this week, bringing my second draft to a total 41,111 words (very accurate and a great number to end my editing for the day today). I was just editing one of my favourite chapters today where my main character’s life begins to change and it’s gotten me so excited for what comes next.

Each chapter that I edit reminds me that changing details about the story isn’t as scary as I thought it would be, or as daunting. I know that I will probably have to do another draft after this before it’s ready to head out for querying, but I’m excited.

On another note, I have had some great ideas for the sequel that I have written down in my notes. I just wish I could crack on with writing it, but I have to wait until the first is complete. A lot of things could change between now and then.

Other Fun Stuff…

I haven’t really done too much this week, apart from reading and writing that is. I did order my tickets for a book event to meet Tomi Adeyemi, author of Children of Blood and Bone, when she goes on tour in the UK. I will be heading to the event in Nottingham and I am so excited! A re-read will probably be in order before then, just so it’s all fresh in my mind. My ticket includes a special edition of the book, along with a signed map, but I’ll probably ask her to sign the book as well.

On Tuesday my boyfriend and I went to see Deadpool 2 in the cinema, and honestly I think I enjoyed it even more than the first one. I don’t know how they managed it, but the sequel was just as good and so funny. Ryan Reynolds plays the character perfectly and I couldn’t imagine anyone else doing it.

page-break

I’m looking forward to next week as I have some great books lined up to read this month. I hope you all had a great week as well!

Let me know in the comments what the best part of your week was.

Wrapping Up The Week (21st May – 27th May)

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of May already. This month has just flown by and it has been filled with some amazing books. This week was no different, and I managed to read a book from a genre that I don’t normally like. Spoiler, the book was amazing!

It is a bank holiday over here in the UK, which means I get tomorrow off from work and I also booked off Tuesday to have an extra long break. Of course, I plan on spending the next two days doing a lot of reading because I am going to try and read two more books before Friday to reach a total of 7 this month. Wish me luck!

I also got a delivery of three books today from Amazon, which I am so excited to read! They have already been added to my June TBR list that I will be posting about next weekend.

Books I read and reviewed…

scythe

This book was incredible! It completely took me by surprise, considering I don’t read a lot from the sci-fi genre, but this book was so unique. The idea that there is no more death and the only way to die is to be gleaned by a scythe is brilliant, and something I’ve never heard of before. The characters were great, as were the plot twists and there was some politics involved as well. If you are a fan of The Hunger Games I would suggest checking this out. You can read my full review here.

I am currently reading…

empire of storms

The first book that I am currently reading is the massive,Empire of Storms. This book is literally making my wrists hurt from having to hold it, but it is so good! I am just under a third of the way through and I’m really enjoying the way the story is going. A lot of things are happening, plans are falling into place. I’ve grown to love certain characters a lot more, especially Manon Blackbeak, who is literally the most badass witch ever! I can’t wait to see what happens to her later on in the story and where her allegiances lie in the end.

ace of shades

I also started reading Ace of Shades. Funny story, I actually requested this on NetGalley and never heard anything back. Then I signed into my account this morning (mainly to browse for any new titles) and saw that I had been accepted, I just never got an email about it. I’m a little past the publication date, but I figured better late than never. I’m only 17% of the way through but I’m already drawn in and really intrigued by the world. There are a lot of comparisons to Las Vegas which I am enjoying, and the characters are interesting. I’m hoping to finish this over the bank holiday.

Posts from the week…

WWW Wednesday – Finally Reading Sci-Fi

Award: Sunshine Blogger Award

It’s always lovely to be nominated for awards because it lets me know that people love what I am putting out on my blog. I always try to be myself and it’s great to see that being so well-received. I am so close to 300 followers and I am so thankful for each and every one, so thank you for sticking with me.

My WIP…

This week was another successful one in terms of my writing/editing. I managed to write another 10,000 words, bringing me to a total of 33,000 on my second draft. It is definitely shaping together nicely and I am ironing out some of the plot holes, as well as writing all the important details down so I don’t forget. I even managed to create a map for the Kingdoms so I can reference them accurately. Not to mention the fact that I am adding the meat to the bones of my characters and they are feeling more real.

I definitely find dialogue to be one of my strong suits when it comes to writing, and find it easy to create a conversation that could feel real. I want my characters to react how anyone else would, especially my main character Raegan, who has her world turned upside down. Let’s just say she swears quite a few times.

I actually took a break from writing this weekend, just because I’ve been so tired (my fault though, I forgot to take my iron tablets and now I’m paying for it), but tomorrow is the start of a new week!

Other Fun Stuff…

We finally got our new sofa and I love it! It has been a month since we moved in and it was so good to finally be able to sit down on it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the easiest to get into the house. Turns out it was too big to fit around the staircase to get up to our living room, so the two delivery men were kind enough to help us lift it up onto the balcony.

It was probably hilarious to see, my boyfriend and I holding onto the top of the sofa, while one of the men ran up to help us. We eventually got it over the edge and safely into the room. Although, I don’t think we’ll be moving anytime soon.

IMG_8673

page-break

And that was my fun-filled week! I am hoping and praying I get to reach my goal of seven books this month, mainly because it’ll be my current record.

I hope you all had a great week as well! Let me know what books you loved in the comments.

Wrapping Up The Week (14th May – 20th May)

Guess who finally caught up on all the reviews she needed to write this week? This girl right here! It feels great to be back up to speed and now I can fully focus on the book I am currently reading. It’s hard to review a book when you’ve read two in-between it and you end up not remembering as much (damn these good books taking up space in my head). It’s fine though because I am all sorted.

This week has been a pretty good one for reading. I am now onto my fifth book of the month and, while I know it’s a little ambitious, I am still aiming for a total of seven. I have 11 days left to do it, but it would mean finishing two books this week and I’m not so sure about that one, especially when I’m not even halfway on my current read.

Books I read and reviewed…

Queen of Shadows review

Rebel Spring review

Gathering Darkness review

All three finally have reviews! I feel like it’s been a great couple of weeks for reading and I hope that it can continue that way for me. All of these books were amazing and left me wanting more of the series, which I will probably finish reading next month for both of them.

I am currently reading…

scythe

Finally, I am reading Scythe. I have heard so many amazing things about this book and so far it is living up to my expectations. I think I am just over a third of the way through and it has definitely captured my attention. This world is so unique, with the idea that there is no more death and the only way to die is to be gleaned by a scythe.

It is so interesting to see how people are chosen and why (with a lot of stats), and already we are noticing something odd with a certain group of Scythes that like to do mass gleaning (sounds as horrible as you’d expect). I’m really enjoying reading about the two apprentices of Scythe Faraday, Citra and Rowan. I can’t wait to see what else this book has in store for me.

Posts from the week…

WWW Wednesday – My New Favourite Series

I missed out on this weeks Top Ten Tuesday because I couldn’t think of anything for the topic, but I am looking forward to this weeks one!

My WIP…

For the last couple of weeks I have been saying that I have wanted to start editing again, but the prospect seemed so daunting. My first draft is 100,000 words long and the thought of going through that and trying to sort it out was terrifying. There is so much that needs to be changed and sorted out. However…

I started again on Tuesday this week and wrote nearly 10,000 words altogether. I have no idea why I was worried because now I have started again, I can’t stop! The ideas are forming a lot better and everything fits together nicely. Some chapters and scenes have been cut, and others have been added it, but it is all for the better. With the rate at which I am writing (having a total of 24,000 words on my second draft already) I am hoping to finish it before the end of July if I can.

This story has my heart and I believe in it so much, I just hope that someone else will too.

Other Fun Stuff…

lucifer

This weekend my boyfriend and I binge-watched the last four episodes of Lucifer, season 3, and it was amazing. Which only makes it a hundred times worse that the show has been cancelled! I can’t tell you how sad that has made me because this show is amazing.

Tom Ellis is brilliant when it comes to playing Lucifer and makes him so loveable. The characters are so diverse, with Latinos and African-Americans, and the writing is incredible with genuine humour that doesn’t seem forced. I just can’t understand why FOX would cancel it, but I know there is a movement on twitter to get it saved (hey, Netflix, check this out!)

Apart from catching up on my TV shows and doing some cleaning, I haven’t done anything out of the ordinary this week.

page-break

I hope all you had a great week and spent the weekend doing something enjoyable! Let me know what book you are currently loving (or hating) in the comments.

Wrapping Up The Week (7th May – 13th May)

This week and the weekend has flown by. Not only was there a bank holiday on the Monday, but I was also off on the Friday as my dad was over for the weekend from Ireland. It was a busy few days and we spent a lot of time outdoors, which was great and I FINALLY got to see Infinity War. Waiting to see it with my dad was torturous and I am still unable to have coherent thoughts about what happened. The fact that we have to wait another year for the next one is killing me.

On the Friday we headed to Belton House, which is located in Grantham, and is a place I hadn’t been to in years. I actually reached my target of 10,000 steps for probably the first time ever as we explored the Victorian mansion, the gardens and surrounding area. It was a lot of fun and here are just a few pictures that I took (also, I aspire to have a library like this one day).

The rest of the weekend was spent in the cinema, going around town and taking my dad out for a belated birthday lunch before he headed home today.

Books I read and reviewed…

As I was spending time with my dad I only managed to write my review for Falling Kingdoms, but I still need to write one for Queen of Shadows and Rebel Spring. I finished both books in the last seven days and boy, were they amazing. Fingers crossed I can get them to you early on in the week if I’m not too busy.

I am currently reading…

gathering darkness

As soon as I finished Rebel Spring I picked up Gathering Shadows and I am loving it. I’m only 40 pages in because I haven’t had much time to read this weekend and I’ve been so tired, but I am hoping to smash another 60 tonight and hopefully read it all before next weekend. This series has me hooked and I just love everything about it. I can’t wait to see how things play out in the third instalment.

Posts from the week…

My TBR For May

Top Two Tuesday: Books With My Favourite Colour on the Cover

WWW Wednesday – So Much Fantasy

Even though it was a busy week, I still managed to get out my minimum of three blog posts, so I’m calling that an accomplishment.

My WIP…

Last week I promised myself that I would start edited again and I didn’t manage to in the end. This week I am telling myself it will be different. Instead, I am going to bring my laptop with me and start doing it on my lunch break again because I am just too tired in the evenings. Fingers crossed this works!

Other Fun Stuff…

Well, I kind of already talking about this in the opening paragraphs, but it was great to see my dad again and spend some time with him. It’s always tough saying goodbye and I feel down for a little while afterwards, but I am always grateful of the time I get to spend with him. It’s tough having a parent living in a different county to you, but I’ve been doing this since I was seven, so I’m pretty used to it (although there were lots of tears when I was younger when the goodbyes happened).

I’ll be seeing him again in a few months time and hopefully I can go over to Ireland again before the year is out.

page-break

And that has been my busy week/weekend! I got quite a bit of reading done when I think about it and I hope the rest of the month can continue that way.

What books did you read this week?

Wrapping Up The Week (30th April – 6th May)

This weekend has been a scorcher here in the UK and unfortunately I am not one of these people that loves the heat. I hate when it’s too hot to do anything, plus, because I’m a redhead I tend to burn anyway. Luckily for me the downstairs of my house (where my bedroom is) stays so cool, which is a contrast to upstairs in my lounge/kitchen where it is about 26 degrees. I’m dying.

However, I did manage to get a load of reviews written this week, finished reading one book and am almost finished with my current read (its taking me a while to get through). I also had three new books get delivered to me which I am super excited to get to, especially one in particular that I have heard a lot about.

Books I read and reviewed…

I finally got around to reviewing two books that I read the week before, the first being The Smoke Thieves. It’s weird how you think about a book differently when you give yourself a few days to think about it. Unfortunately, The Smoke Thieves didn’t make a lasting impression on me and in the end I gave it 3.5 stars, because I still enjoyed it. You can check out my review here.

The second book I reviewed was Nevernight and it is a book I still can’t get over. It was amazing and while I know it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it was mine. I love the story, the characters, the writing…Everything! You can see why I gave it 4.5 stars here (it would have been five if not for the annotations sometimes interrupting the flow of the story).

falling kngdoms

On Tuesday I finished off Falling Kingdoms and immediately went on to buy Rebel Spring and Gathering Darkness, both of which arrived today (I am slightly annoyed that Gathering Darkness is bigger in height and width than the first two. Turns out it’s the US version of the paperback. But it’s okay because I checked the other three and they are all the US versions too). Falling Kingdoms completely stole my heart and it was an instant five star read for me, which I haven’t gotten around to writing yet. That’s planned for tomorrow. I only wish I had read this series sooner because it is sure to become one of my favourites.

I am currently reading…

queen of shadows

…And currently loving it! So many plot twists and the story just keeps on getting better. I am so glad Rowan is back in it! While I didn’t like him at first (I was firmly on Team Chaol) I have had a change of heart and realise he is perfect. I have 200 pages left (this book is huge) but I am hoping to finish it tomorrow as it is a bank holiday here in the UK. I cannot wait to see how it ends and hopefully move onto Empire of Storms.

Posts from the week…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Slay a Dragon to Get Early

WWW Wednesday – So Many Books!

Wrapping Up April ’18 – Best Reading Month Ever

Three blog posts plus the two reviews makes it a pretty good week for me, especially with work being so hectic at the moment. I love doing the wrap up posts and reflecting on what I read. I will probably post my May TBR soon, now that I have figured out what books I want to read, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

My WIP…

Just as I was getting back into it, I stop. I blame the amazing books I have been reading, but Monday is the start of the new week and I am determined to start fresh. I think I’m also stalling because the idea of editing my 100k word novel is so daunting and seems like a massive task. I suppose I just need to take it one day at a time. It’s not going to edit itself! I might even start my other story idea just so I am being creative in that sense too. Does anyone else do this?

Other Fun Stuff…

I am still watching Bates Motel with my boyfriend. We are onto season 3 and loving it! We got to the point where I hadn’t seen the episodes and everything just got so good! I am excited to see where the next three seasons take us, although we all know the end game (or at least I do because I saw Psycho).

Something I don’t really mention a lot on the blog is my love of food (I love all cuisines, although Italian and Indian are my favourites) and I just wanted to share the incredible meal we cooked the other day. It was lamb shank with a red wine sauce and the most amazing vegetable rice with potato gratin. It tasted as good as it looks.

IMG_8461

page-break

I’m hoping that next week I can read a couple of books and be on my way to reading a total of 7 this month. Wish me luck!

I hope you all had a great week of reading and if you’re in the UK I hope you didn’t get burnt in the sun!

Wrapping Up The Week (23rd April – 29th April)

How is it nearly the end of April already? This month flew by and in the last week I have managed to read so much! In total I finished three books, which is almost unheard of for me, but it really helps when they’re all so good. However, I only managed to write a review for one so you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for the others within the week.

I’m settled into my new home, enjoying the surroundings and I am finally getting internet on Tuesday. It’s been a pain having to use my data for everything, especially when the service isn’t the best. I’m still waiting to get my sofa (had some issues) but fingers crossed that’ll be here within the next two weeks. I’m just lucky that I have a job which allows me to work from home when I have deliveries and such.

Books I read and reviewed…

the-smoke-thieves

The first book I finished in the week was The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green, although I still haven’t written the review yet. I’m starting to really enjoy books with multiple perspectives and as this one has five I was more than happy. It was great to see how the lives of the five characters differed and how they eventually came together. The idea of demons having smoke released from their bodies after they died was interesting and how it was an illegal trade. Keep an eye out for my full thoughts on the first book in the trilogy later on in the week.

sky in the deep

I flew through Sky in the Deep in less than 48 hours, which is something I don’t tend to do in the working week. It was amazing! The characters were so relatable, the story was full of raw emotion and had me feeling all sorts of things. There was intense action that was written beautifully and I was hooked. You can check out my full review here and see why I gave this debut novel five stars.

nevernight

Yesterday I read about 200 pages to finish Nevernight, staying up past 12, and it was the best use of my time. This book was amazing! It is the first novel I’ve read by Jay Kristoff and, surprise, it wasn’t YA. This is definitely adult fantasy. There is blood, death, torture, tons of swearing and some steamy sex scenes. However, the ideas and characters are so unique that I would recommend this book to any lover of the fantasy genre. Mia Corvere is the most badass character I’ve had the pleasure of reading about and I cannot wait to have Godsgrave in my hands. I just have to wait until the paperback version is released at the end of June (they have to match, okay). Not to mention, there is an incredible plot twist that I did not see coming. Keep your eyes peeled for a review soon.

I am currently reading…

falling kngdoms

I am finally picking up Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, a book that I have seen many people talk about, as well as Regan from PeruseProject on YouTube. I love that this is the first in a series of six, so I am hoping that I enjoy it. I’ve only read 45 pages so far, but you can be sure that I will be spending the rest of my Sunday curled up in bed reading. I would love to finish this before the 1st of May, but it’s highly unlikely. Although, never say never…

Posts from the week…

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favourite Covers of Books I Own

WWW Wednesday – Vikings Galore

I managed to get my regular blog posts out into the open, but next week will have a lot more as I get around to wrapping up the month and showing off all the amazing books I read (April was a good month).

My WIP…

I am finally getting back into my editing after writing 1,400 words on Friday and another 1,300 on Saturday. All these new ideas are popping into my head and there are a lot of changes being made, all good ones of course. I’ve made the decision to cut a lot of words (it’s scary how many) but I am introducing new scenes that feature my main characters so we can get a feel for them more.

It’s an exciting time, especially as I am going onto chapter 5, which is where the good stuff starts to happen. I am a long way from being done, but slowly I am getting there. Fingers crossed one day I will be able to share The Lost Heir with you all (it has a title now).

Other Fun Stuff…

Not fun, but necessary. I spent a good part of the weekend hoovering, dusting, doing a deep clean of the bathroom (my arms hurt) and dusting the giant mirror on my built in wardrobes. Although, I would say that it is quite therapeutic and you work up a good sweat, who knew?

bates-motel

My boyfriend and I started Bates Motel (I had only seen season 1 and a bit of 2) and we are really enjoying it. He wasn’t sure at first, but eventually he got into it and we’ve watched three episodes today (I knew he’d get addicted, I have great taste in TV shows). Also, The 100 came back!!! I forgot how much I missed that show and I have a feeling this season is going to be a good one.

page-break

Quite the week I would say. I hope you all managed to read some amazing books as well. Which one was your favourite?

Wrapping Up The Week (16th April – 22nd April)

This week is a different kind of weekly wrap up. You may have noticed that I haven’t blogged much this week and trust me, I would have loved to have been able to. Unfortunately, my time was taken up with packing, organising and moving to a new house, which happened on Friday. It has been a hectic weekend, one that I spent unpacking everything as quickly as I could and DIYing furniture. I wanted to make it as homely as possible and I think I have succeeded. Also, we have a balcony, which is the coolest thing ever!

IMG_8269

It’s a strange layout, with the bedroom and bathroom downstairs, and an open plan kitchen and living room upstairs, but I kinda like how unconventional it is.

 

We don’t have the sofa yet, so we are currently sitting on lawn chairs (how luxurious), but I have my bookshelf up and the bedroom sorted so I am happy. Although, we have a while to wait until the broadband gets set up and we have internet again. The first of May seems so far away, but until then I can piggyback off of my mobile data (I have more than enough with 24GB when it renews on the 16th).

It’s strange moving out of my mum’s house. I keep expecting to run into her or to go down and have a little chat with my sister. I am definitely missing Willow, the crazy and demonic staffie, who is a sweetie really. It’ll take a little while to adjust, but I’m looking forward to the independence that is having my own place. Not looking forward to all the bills though.

In terms of reading, I haven’t done a lot. I’ve been way too tired. So tired, in fact, that when I settled down to read yesterday I ended up falling asleep! I have a bit more energy tonight, so I am hoping to maybe finish The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green.

the-smoke-thieves

I am loving it so far and have read just over 60%. The characters are all unique, the dialogue great (and very funny in places) and I love how each chapter is from one of the five (I think) perspectives. Already I am seeing how their stories are weaving together, with characters crossing paths, and I can’t wait to see how the story progresses.

I hope that over the next week I can get back into a routine now that we’ve moved, and I will be back with my regular posts. Also, I hope to finish another two books to hit five books for the month of April. If I can get to six, then I will be even happier!

page-break

I hope you’ve all had an amazing week and read some great books!

Wrapping Up The Week (9th April – 15th April)

How are we already halfway through the month? April is flying by and the countdown to moving house is getting shorter and shorter (5 days!). Unfortunately our internet won’t be sorted out until May 1st, but I am hoping that my data will be enough for me to get a few blog posts up within that time. I want to say I’ve packed up most of my things, but I haven’t. It’s a good thing I still have some time or I might be panicking.

In my last post I mentioned that my laptop had been playing up, freezing and crashing, and coming up with a code that said ‘Critical Process Died’. A bit of investigation on twitter told me that there were loads of people getting the same message which made me think it was a Windows 10 issue. Sure enough, I had another update a couple of days ago and it’s been fine since then. Obviously I was over the moon and managed to pick up with my editing again, something I had been too afraid to do in case my laptop crashed and I lost everything.

Books I read and reviewed…

ash princess

This debut novel is set to release in less than two weeks(for the US), so of course I spent a better part of the week flying through Ash Princess. You can find my full review here, but overall, I really enjoyed this book. There are some similarities between another of my favourite series, Throne of Glass, but there was great character development and the story progressed nicely. I will definitely be grabbing the second one when it comes out, hopefully next year.

I am currently reading…

I am still making my way through Nevernight, a book that is heavier and more descriptive so it is taking time to read, but I am also starting The Smoke Thieves. I was given the chance to read this by Penguin Random House on NetGalley and I am so excited to see what it is all about. Fingers crossed I can finish both of these within the week, maybe even before I move house.

Posts from the week…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Liked But Will Never Re-Read

WWW Wednesday – Hitting 250 Followers!

I got a lot of engagement this week thanks to these two blog posts and I always find it great to spark up a conversation with my followers about books.

My WIP…

I am cutting so many words in this second draft, but it is much easier to do so than I thought. I want the beginning to be solid and to do that I have to get rid of the boring stuff. My readers need to be entertained and if they’re bored before the good stuff starts, they won’t give it a chance. In total, I re-wrote 2,000 words yesterday (unable to write before then due to laptop problems) and I’m hoping to get another 1,000 done tonight if I can.

Other Fun Stuff…

The weather has been picking up here in the UK and we managed to get out yesterday for a three mile walk in the nearby nature park which was nice and relaxing. Apart from that I have been getting things in order for moving and finding enough bags and boxes to pack up all my stuff. I hope this is the only time I will be moving this year because it is tiring.

page-break

My week was fairly uneventful but I hope you all had a great one and read some awesome books!

Wrapping Up The Week (2nd April – 8th April)

I’m going to start this post off by saying that, as of today, I am now an affiliate for the Book Depository, which is something I have wanted to do for a while now. My reasons for doing this are that I hear so many of you saying how my reviews have made you want to read certain books and the Book Depository is one of the best sites to buy them from. Not only are the prices amazing, but there is also free shipping (and who doesn’t love that). It would mean so much to me if you were to use the links on this site to buy what I hope will be your new favourite read.

Apart from that, this week has also been amazing because of the amount of reviews I managed to get up on the blog. I had been falling behind for a little while and now I am caught up with everything. Not only that, but I have also started editing my novel properly again as of yesterday and knocked it out of the park with finishing two chapters off (one was a complete re-write as well).

Books I read and reviewed…

children of blood and bone

Finally, I sat down and wrote my review for Children of Blood and Bone, which you can find here. I still cannot get over how incredible this book was and I am dying to get my hands on the next one. If you haven’t had a chance to read this yet, make sure you add it to your TBR. This is a whirlwind adventure that has heart-pounding action sequences, romance and a great magic system for you to enjoy.

norse mythology

The next book I read and reviewed this week was none other than Norse Mythology. I am a big fan of mythology, mainly Greek, but I wanted to give something different a go. I had never read anything by Neil Gaiman before and was blown away by his storytelling. The tales leapt off the pages and the way it was done made me enjoy them even more. You can read my full review here.

the oracle queen

Lastly, I read The Oracle Queen, which is a novella set in the fantasy world created by Kendare Blake. It tells the story of a Queen driven mad by her visions and locked away to keep everyone safe. But the story isn’t what it seems and I loved getting a chance to find out what really happened. It isn’t the best I have ever read, but it was entertaining enough for me to have read it in one sitting. You can see my review for this book here.

I am currently reading…

nevernight

I started Nevernight about halfway through the week and am just about a third of the way through. While this isn’t a huge book, the words on the page are smaller than normal and there is so much detail that I am finding myself reading slower to take it in. So far I am loving the characters, especially Mia who is so frank with what she does and says. It is definitely different to most books, with annotations throughout, and a lot more swear words, but I kinda love it for that. I can’t wait to see where the story goes. And there’s a shadow cat. How can I not love that?

ash princess

As well as Nevernight, I also started Ash Princess today, which I received from NetGalley. I’m not far into it, so I can’t say a lot about it, but I am liking the background of the world. We have been introduced to a few of the characters, one being a terrible ruler who I just know I’m going to hate, and a girl who has been tortured and punished most of her life. I’m really looking forward to seeing what this debut novel holds.

Posts from the week…

Wrapping Up March ’18 – The Busiest Month

March Book Haul – Books Make Great Gifts

I took a break from my usual blog posts to give you my wrap ups for March, which was a great month. Coupled with all the reviews I managed to write, I would say that it has been a successful week.

My WIP…

As mentioned above, I have dived back into my edits and I am so glad I have. I can already feel the characters’ voices getting stronger and I am changing little details of their personalities. I want people to be able to relate to them, but I also want my readers to be entertained. Chapter 3 was a tough one as I had to scrap all of it (I didn’t like it in the end) but I managed to introduce a certain character a lot sooner and it’s made me very happy. I want her to have a more prominent role in the story and to do that I have to breathe life into her. She is snarky, sarcastic and loves to make my main male character’s life hell. Their scenes together are some of the best.

So far I have edited over 3,000 words and finished off two chapters out of thirty odd. I still have a long way to go, but I’m heading in the right direction.

Other Fun Stuff…

I guess having a three day work week can count as fun, right? Those three days were busy, but it was also nice to have a little break. The next 11 days are going to be busy as I need to start packing up all my stuff to get ready for the move, so you can count on me having a few early nights.

page-break

I hope you all had a great week and enjoyed whatever book you were reading! Let me know in the comments what you finished reading.