Wrapping Up The Week (22nd January – 28th January)

We are almost out of January, woo! Is it me or has this month seemed to drag on forever? I am glad to see the end of it and move on towards the next few exciting months (mainly mine and my boyfriend’s birthdays)

This week has seemed very tiring, especially at work as there was a lot going on and there will be plenty of meetings in the upcoming week for me to attend. When it comes to reading, I think I did pretty well. I finished off one book and started another that I am almost finished with.

Another plus is that it was my payday on Friday and I ordered a brand new bookcase (as my current one was falling apart) and a TV unit as well. So my Sunday plans consisted of DIYing and now I have carpet burn on my knees. It all turned out well in the end, as you can see from the photo below. Although, I will probably need to buy another bookcase because as you can see, I have no space left.

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Books I read and reviewed…

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At the beginning of the week I managed to finish The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton and it was magnificent. I loved everything about this book, the characters, the fantastical world, the plot and so much more. I felt so lucky to have been given the chance to review this book from NetGalley and it is one that I think everyone should check out. You can find my full review here.

I am currently reading…

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I am just over halfway through reading The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and I’m really enjoying it. It’s been a very long time since I read a book about Faeries and it really is refreshing because I love the folklore that surrounds it. I grew up on books about fairies and the creatures that live in the woods and this is a refreshing take from Holly Black. Fingers crossed I can finish this within the first half of the week.

Posts from the week…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember Much About

WWW Wednesday – Entering The Realm of the Faeries

How I Manage to Write 1,000 Words a Day

I’ve decided I want to do a few more discussion style posts and ones where I can offer advice to people, especially when it comes to writing. Fingers crossed everyone enjoys them and if there’s anything you’d love to talk about, just let me know.

My WIP…

So, even though I wrote a post about writing 1,000 words a day I haven’t been able to really stick to that this week. I know that will sometimes be the case and I am learning to accept it, rather than feel guilty about it. Once I’ve caught up on some sleep and I’m not feeling so stressed, I know the ideas will come back.

I did manage to map out the next 7 or so chapters, which is a massive help and has pointed me in the right direction. I am so close to 70,000 words and I hope I can reach it soon (every 10,000 is a massive celebration).

Other Fun Stuff…

I haven’t really done anything that exciting or fun when I think about it. It seems that at the moment my life is all about working, reading, writing and blogging. I wish I had the time to sit down and binge watch a TV show. Who knows, maybe I’ll do it one weekend when I have nothing planned.

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I hope you all had a great week and read some amazing books (if you did, I’d love to know what they were). Let the last part of January commence!

The Genres I Tend To Stay Away From

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I would love to say that I’m open-minded when it comes to the books I choose to read, but the reality is that I tend to stick with the same genres. Recently I’ve been trying to rectify that by trying out genres I haven’t gone for, such as Thrillers and Fantasy, and not just sticking to Young Adult. YA is a genre that I have been loving since I was 13 years old, for many reasons. Some being that there is a lot of variety with sub-genres, an array of ages that the characters can be (so I’m not just stuck reading about 15/16 year old teenagers, making me feel older by the year).

But, looking at the genres that I love, got me thinking about the genres that I tend to stay away from. I’m sure we all have one that we dislike. Maybe a book in particular made you want to stay away from the genre or you think it would be too boring. So I thought I would talk about the ones that, personally, I will probably never read (or at least anytime soon).

I’m going to start with one that I think a lot of people might agree with. The first genre is Non-fiction. I can count on one of my hands the books I have read that are non-fiction and they were mostly for my English Literature and Language lessons during A Level. My reasons are quite simple. I don’t get as much joy from reading about real people and real places, as I do from the make believe. I read to escape, to become another person in another time, in a world that is unfamiliar to me. Non-fiction doesn’t allow me to use my imagination, to create what I think the author is trying to tell. Maybe my views will change as I get older, but for the time being I will be sticking to Fiction.

Another genre I don’t read that often is Contemporary. I don’t know what it is about these books, but they never seem to grab my attention. Maybe I am yet to read a great Contemporary novel that could change my mind. I love to have a magical or fantastical element to the stories that I read because it doesn’t happen everyday. There aren’t vampires, werewolves, witches, faeries or dragons running around us. I guess the normal and mundane stories just seem boring to me and their plots aren’t as intricate.

I feel that the last genre I want to mention briefly is Sci-fi. While I love Sci-fi movies and TV shows I have never once read a novel from this genre and if I’m honest, I’m not sure why. You would think that I would enjoy them, being that often Sci-fi and Fantasy are closely linked. They often include the same elements, great world-building and interesting characters. My reason for not reading them could be the fact that I’ve never come across any that seem like my cup of tea or the synopsis just didn’t capture my attention.

There may be a part 2 of this blog post in the future, as there are a couple more genres that I know I stay well away from, but I didn’t want to ramble on for too long.

If any of you have suggestions of books that are Non-Fiction, Contemporary or Sci-Fi, and you think are out-of-this-world incredible, leave a comment below! It would be interesting to check them out.