Wrapping Up The Week (30th Oct – 5th Nov)

It’s been a relatively quiet week, we didn’t even have any trick or treater’s to the house on Halloween (so we kept the sweets for ourselves). Another reason that I didn’t do a lot is that my dad is coming over from Ireland on Friday to see us for the weekend, which I am definitely looking forward to. I haven’t seen him since he came over in summer so it will be good.

Christmas decorations are up in the shops, I’ve bought my Christmas scented candles (Gingerbread and Magical Christmas Tree which both smell incredible) and I am looking forward to getting the tree out! It’s hard to believe that in less than two months 2017 will be over. While I haven’t completed all the resolutions I set myself way back in January, I am feeling pretty good and already looking forward to next year.

Books I read and reviewed..

Throne of Glass

I only managed to read one book last week (my own writing is taking up more of my time at the moment) and that book was Throne of Glass and you can check out my review here. I cannot wait to buy the rest of the series and get stuck into it!

I am currently reading…

A Darker Shade Of Magic

After starting this book last night, I can honestly say that A Darker Shade Of Magic has me hooked and I am so intrigued by Kell and the multiple worlds. I have a feeling I will be finishing this one soon so expect a review before the week is over.

Posts from the week…

Wrapping Up October

Top Ten Tuesday: Things To Do On Halloween

October Book Haul & November TBR

The Genres I Tend To Stay Away From

First Lines Fridays #2

Somehow I managed to post near enough every day, which is the first time I have done so since I started this blog at the beginning of October. And I managed to reach over 50 followers in the first month which is great. I am loving writing for my blog and talking to other bloggers, and I feel that writing everyday is helping to push me with my own novel.

Other Fun Stuff…

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I watch a lot of YouTube and I’m a fan of Sasha Alsberg (fun fact, we both share the same birthday, I’m just a year older) and she uploaded a video where she visited Scotland to see where Outlander was filmed. So this week I also started watching Outlander and I have to stay that I am enjoying it and can’t wait to watch more of it.

That’s all for this week! Let me know what you have all been up to as well.

October Book Haul & November TBR

October was extremely quiet on the book-buying front with only one addition to my shelves. I am trying not to buy many books in the lead up to Christmas. One reason being that I have a lot that I want to read which I’ve already bought (don’t want to get ahead of myself). The second reason is that I know people will be wanting to buy me stuff and it’s easier to give them a list of books that I want and let them choose what one to get. Can you imagine how big the December book haul will be? I can’t wait!

So, getting onto the one lonely book that my boyfriend kindly bought for me. I got One Dark Throne knowing that I would be reading Three Dark Crowns relatively quickly last month. You can find my reviews for both here and here.

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Like I said, there are a lot of books that I still want to read before I got out and buy anymore. The month of November will be filled with starting new series and they are all ones that I have been dying to read, but for some reason never got around to. They are the following…

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #2)

Talon by Julie Kagawa

I already know that some of you will be asking why I haven’t read any of Sarah J. Maas’ books and honestly, I don’t have a good enough answer. This book has been sat on my shelf since 2012/13 and I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet. I’ve been hearing so many people raving about it, especially the newer ones, so you can be guaranteed that I will buy more from this series in November.

What books are you planning on reading this month?

Wrapping Up October

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It’s so hard to believe that October has been and almost gone. Where did the time go? This month just flew by and I have officially been running my blog for a month. I have been enjoying connecting with other bloggers, writing down my thoughts about the books I’ve read and sharing my life with you all.

Not only that, but I also feel that it is helping me with my own writing and the books I have read have definitely influenced the book I am writing in terms of the POV. Originally I had been writing my novel in first person, but something didn’t feel right to me. I liked where my story was going and had it all laid out. That was when I had the idea to rewrite my first chapter in third person, just to see if it sounded better. And it did. So I am currently in the process of rewriting the 15,000 words I’ve written so far (but I’m easily adding at least another 750 to each chapter I rewrite).

Unfortunately, spending all this time on my own book has meant that I haven’t dedicated as much time to reading the books on my shelf. I managed to read a total of 4 this month and you can see them all below.

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

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It isn’t often that I read a thriller, but this one blew me away just as much as her first book. It was tense, fast paced and full of twists that I didn’t see coming. 4 out of 5 stars.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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This was a partial re-read, as I had already read two thirds of it before, but I enjoyed it even more the second time. Red Queen is a great read, with betrayal, love and action. 4 out of 5 stars.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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I can’t even begin to describe how excited I was to read this book and I was not let down after hearing so many great things. It was a perfect start for the series and hooked me with the dark and dangerous tale. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

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I am so lucky that I already had the sequel to Three Dark Crowns sitting on my shelf. The sequel was a step up from the first book, with a much darker story line, a ton of action and drama between the three sisters. I cannot wait for the next instalment to come out! 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Fingers crossed I will be able to read a lot more books than this next month and with the temperature rapidly dropping (it was 4 degrees this morning!) I will have more chances to stay in and read.

I hope you all have a lovely Halloween and I would love to know how you got on this month!

TV Shows I am Loving Right Now

October is my favourite month. Not just because I love the Autumn weather, but also because all my favourite TV shows start up again (and who doesn’t love a good binge?) So I thought I would share with you all the ones I have been loving the most recently.

The Originals

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While I am still sad that The Vampire Diaries will never grace my TV screen again, I am glad that we still have one more season of The Originals to see (I’ll be sad when that one ends too, but at least I can prepare for it). I have recently been catching up on season 4 on Netflix before season 5 starts sometimes in 2018, but I will be finished before then.

I have loved this family and all the drama they bring with them since their introduction on The Vampire Diaries. Even when we were supposed to hate then, we still secretly liked them and their charm. It is hard to decide who is my favourite. My mum thinks Klaus is amazing, with his witty words and troubled past making us feel for him. I, however, prefer Elijah, with his dashing suits and charming demeanour. Then there is Rebekah, the sassiest of them all (and whose outfits I am jealous of).

There is something for everyone to love in this show. You are guaranteed gruelling deaths, romance, a lot of fighting and you may even shed some tears along the way. But most of all, once you start watching, you will be hooked.

Lucifer

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I cannot even begin to describe how much I enjoy watching this show. Lucifer is definitely my guilty pleasure and never fails to keep me laughing along with the witty jokes and comments. The show revolves around the devil himself as he lives a lavish lifestyle in LA, away from the doom and gloom of hell. There he meets a detective, Chloe, and helps her to solve crimes and punish those that do wrong.

At first I didn’t know what to expect, but now we are on the third season and it only gets better. This show will reinvent how you think the devil looks and acts, and it also boasts a whole host of other characters that are just as amazing. The person who created this show has done an amazing job at taking an idea and making it so original. Don’t believe me, check it out for yourself!

Riverdale

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Thank you Netflix for having this show so that I am able to watch it here in the UK. I was a little late starting this when it aired. Half of the show had already been uploaded at the time, which just made it easier for me to binge watch and I did just that. I was hooked straight away. I love a good mystery and Riverdale offered just that, along with a ton of teenage drama that I can’t get enough of.

It is based off of the Archie comics, which just so happens to also include Sabrina The Teenage Witch (who didn’t watch that when they were growing up?) I may have never read the comics, but I am a big fan of this show and all that it offers. Riverdale is dark, twisted and makes you question a lot of peoples’ motives. There is a lot more than meets the eye here and I can’t wait to find out where season 2 takes us.

What TV shows are you loving right now? I would love to know if there’s any I’m missing out on.

Review: Into The Water

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Title: Into The Water (Hardback)

Author: Paula Hawkins

Publisher: Doubleday (UK)

Year: 2017

It has been I while since I wrote a book review (almost 5 years ago when I had a blog on BlogSpot) so I may be a little rusty. Before I read this book, I picked up The Girl On The Train and it was the book that got me back into my love of reading. However, that was over a year ago and when I saw that she had brought another book out I knew I had to have it. And if anything, I loved it even more than her first. I had never read a book from the thriller genre before (apart from a failed attempt of reading IT when I was 15 and getting 300 pages in before giving up) but Paula Hawkins’ writing makes me want to read more of this type.

What I love about her writing style is that it flows at such a pace that I find myself trying to turn the pages as quickly as I can to reach the ending. I needed to find out what happened to these characters in this book. There was so much mystery surrounding this book and I couldn’t put it down. I will warn you, you must pay attention when reading this book. There are a lot of characters and with each chapter being in a different person’s viewpoint, it can be tricky to remember who is who and what their part is. Personally, I love this kind of writing style because it keeps you on edge until the end of the book.

The twists and turns that this book took me on had me guessing who the real villain was until the very end. I’m normally pretty good at sussing out who did what and I was truly surprised by the reveal. Into The Water is a dark tale that is carefully fabricated to seem so real.

There are a lot of deep, dark topics that this book covers such as murder, suicide, infidelity, rape and a lot of family issues. While these things aren’t always the easiest to read, this book shares a snippet of what happens every day. The characters in this book are flawed, very flawed, but I find that interesting because let’s face it, are any of us perfect? Yes, there were a few characters that I didn’t like but you get that with every book you read.

If you love a good thriller that hooks you in until the end, then I would recommend that you pick this book up soon. Don’t be intimidated by its many characters, for me that made it all the more interesting. You won’t regret reading this book, especially if you liked The Girl On The Train.

I’m going to give this 4 out of 5 stars.

Falling In Love With Autumn

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Autumn has always been my favourite season and each year it seems I find more reasons to fall in love with it. Something about the crisp, fresh mornings and the shorter days makes all the other seasons pale in comparison. As the leaves change to vibrant oranges and reds, falling to the floor only to be crushed beneath feet, I find myself wishing it could always stay like this.

There are so many things to love about this time of year. Not only are all our favourite TV shows back on our screens (I personally cannot wait for Riverdale and The Originals), but there is no better time to wrap up in a blanket and sink into the world of a book.

A few years ago you would find me constantly reading, with about two hundred books on my shelves, but unfortunately life gets in the way. Until recently, the last time I had picked up a book was nearly a year and a half ago! The decision to begin reading more again was mostly due to the fact that I want to become an author, but that is a story for another blog post.

With Autumn, comes the great Pumpkin Spice Latte, and as common as it sounds, it is honestly my favourite drink. That, and a delicious hot chocolate with little marshmallows floating on top. Autumn and Winter are perfect for settling in for the night with a movie and a bag of popcorn. As we are in October it is time to bring out the oldies such as Hocus Pocus, Halloween Town and, if you prefer something a little scarier, Friday the 13th (which just so happens to be a week on Friday).

Sometimes, when you manage to find a day where it isn’t raining, there is nothing better than going for a long stroll in the park. Wrapping up in a cosy jumper and my favourite checked scarf, my sister and I would go around collecting conkers to place by the windows. If you didn’t know already, they are great at stopping spiders from coming inside and with the amount we’ve already had invading, we definitely need it.

Of course, there are many more things I love about this time of year but these are just a few. Let me know in the comments what some of yours are!