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.

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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.

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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 (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.

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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 (19th March – 25th March)

This week has been incredible and I haven’t felt this happy in a long time. Not only did I get to celebrate my birthday yesterday, but my boyfriend and I got accepted to rent our first house together and we have started to buy things already. With less than a month until the moving date we have a lot to sort out (and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t stressed, because I am). At the same time as being exciting it is a little nerve wrecking as it’s my first time living without my mum or my boyfriend’s parents (we stayed with them for a bit). Still, I can’t wait to decorate my own place. You can probably expect some home-ware/moving blog posts closer to the date.

My birthday was relaxing and I definitely needed the three day weekend. Luckily we have another long weekend coming up thanks to Good Friday and Easter Monday (thank you bank holidays). Due to the celebrations I haven’t done a lot of reading, but I did get some new books that I can’t wait to read!

Books I read and reviewed…

siege and storm

While I haven’t gotten around to writing a review for this yet, I really enjoyed Siege and Storm, so much so that I was almost tempted to buy the last book (I didn’t because I have too many to read already). But once I read a few more I might treat myself, especially when it’s so cheap on the Kindle. The characters in this story have really captured me and I am excited to find out how it all ends for them.

I am currently reading…

children of blood and bone

I am currently 116 pages in and I am loving it! The writing style is one of my favourites to read, it flows nicely, there’s been some action, mythology, and I’ve been introduced to some great characters. This world is so unique and different from anything else I’ve read. I just know that I am going to love this book if it carries on this way. There’s been a lot of love for Children of Blood and Bone (I mean, it hit number 1 on the NYT Bestsellers list straight away) and I’m excited to see if it lives up to the hype.

Posts from the week…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books at the Top of My Spring TBR

WWW Wednesday – Fantastical Worlds

It’s My Birthday!

A fairly quiet week due to being so busy with life and such, but I hit my target of three so I’m happy with it.

My WIP…

I’m still on a hiatus from my editing. I know I need to start, and I had planned to, but with my birthday weekend it fell to the side. This week will be different as it will be a lot slower and more relaxed. Plus, with the extra long weekend I will have lots of time to plonk myself down in front of the laptop.

Other Fun Stuff…

Most of you have probably read about what happened for my birthday and how I had my hair dyed, so that’s the majority of my fun stuff. I got around to watching Logan (I cried) and Shadowhunters is FINALLY back on Netflix. The first episode was really good and I can’t wait to watch some more. Even Riverdale had a better episode this week (although Archie and Veronica still annoy the hell out of me).

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To sum it all up, this week has been one of my favourites of the whole year so far. I feel happy and blessed to have so many people around me that support and love me. 2018 is gonna be my year, I can feel it.

I hope you all had a great week as well! Let me know what books you got around to reading in the comments below.

Wrapping Up The Week (5th March – 11th March)

I didn’t want to admit it, but I’ve been in a reading slump for the last two weeks. It wasn’t necessarily because I wasn’t enjoying the book I was reading (I was), it’s just that I didn’t have the motivation to read for some reason. I wasn’t getting hooked like I normally would and there’s been a lot going on in my life. Although, I do have some good news. I am reading a new book that has captured my attention and already I am over half way and I only started it last night (I will discuss what book it is down below). Bye, bye reading slump!

The week definitely went by quickly, with a lot going on at work and looking forward to the meal I had on Friday with the whole team. All in all, it’s been a relaxing weekend as well. Saturday was spent not doing too much, but today we went out to a nature park for a 3-mile walk, and we even spotted a little rabbit hopping around. I’ve spent most of the last two days reading and it’s made me feel a lot better.

Books I read and reviewed…

tokillakingdom

While I haven’t got a review up yet (I’m hoping to do that tomorrow), I finally finished reading To Kill A Kingdom, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. It might have taken me a little longer to read, but it was fun, entertaining and showed a different take on sirens, pirates and mermaids. I can’t wait to let you all know my thoughts on it.

I am currently reading…

9781510104518

I. am. hooked. This collection of stories has taken my breath away and I am loving every second of it. This is the first book I am reading by Leigh Bardugo (I have the Six of Crows duology on my shelf and Shadow and Bone on my Kindle) and I am so glad that I chose to start here. My favourite tale so far is the first one, Ayama and the Thorn Wood. The illustrations are beautiful and I love how with each page that gets turned there is more added to them until you reach the amazing double-spread image. I can’t wait to read the last two stories in the collection.

Posts from the week…

February Book Haul – Book Buying Ban Was Successful

With a reading slump comes the lack of blog posts, but I am hoping that over the next week there will be more for me to talk about, especially when the next couple of books I want to read. I’m being very open with what I’m reading this month, so there’s no TBR for March and I am completely okay with that.

My WIP…

I’ve decided that I need a little time away from my manuscript to gain some new perspective on the story and come back to it with a fresh pair of eyes. Ideas are constantly running around my head of how I can make the story better and I make sure to write them down before I forget. The next week will be spent relaxing, reading and hopefully, come next weekend, I make a start on really diving into the edits. I can’t wait!

Other Fun Stuff…

I mentioned heading out for a meal with my work colleagues, which was fun as I don’t always get a chance to talk to people in the development team as I’m part of the marketing team. Apart from that it has been a very relaxing week with not a lot of fun stuff going on at the moment. I’m trying to catch up with YouTube videos and TV shows, such as Riverdale.

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I’m sorry for being a little MIA lately, but I’m going to try harder for next week. I never realise how much I miss blogging and talking to you all until I have moments like this. I hope you all had great weeks! Let me know what your best book from the week was in the comments.