Monday, 30 November 2015

TRS (THE READING SLUMP): SYMPTOMS, TYPES AND TREATMENT

So you find yourself steeping in ennui. Reading is a chore. Books are a chore (and too heavy to carry, anyway, and why even bother, and you don't even read them when you're out). Life is a chore and nothing makes sense anymore, and how did you ever even manage to finish a book?

The bad news is, you have been diagnosed with a troubling case of The Reading Slump (TRS for short). The good news is, you are in excellent company.

Also, there are ways to manage the condition and lessen its symptoms. The Reading Slump, while recurring, is not chronic. You might yet come out on the other side a reader again.


Saturday, 28 November 2015

BOOK BOX SUBSCRIPTION REVIEW: FANDOM OF THE MONTH


It's that time of the month again! Well, the good kind anyway. I got another delivery for my subscription to Fandom Of The Month and I was jolly excited, to say the least! (I can't believe i just wrote 'jolly excited' but okay). It arrived attached to my other delivery of OwlCrate, which will be my first time receiving that one and a review will be up momentarily.

But one at a time. I was so excited to open this month's FOTM. I had no idea what it could be since I thankfully hadn't been spoiled. I might have listed which fandoms I thought it could be before opening the parcel.

Yet again, I was wrong. 

But not disappointed.

If you haven't already, I highly recommend you at least have a look at the site and consider getting yourself a subscription. This is by far my favourite box subscription so far. Do it, go do it now! Here is the site: CLICK ME.


HOOT HOOT

WARNING: Don't look if you don't want to be spoiled. Just in case your box hasn't arrived yet.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

TOP 10 READING QUOTES

Just... ten? How can we pick just ten?

It wasn't an easy process.


We all love a good quote from a wise reader. Whether it's something to get you back into reading, to inspire someone else to start reading (do it!), or because they're just awesome read, we can't get enough of them. We love the one's that make get you to pick up that book, one's that will encourage a new reader to finally read that book you've been pestering them about. They're also great to proudly show why you love the printed word and explain why you love to read.

We decided to collect our favourite ones, quotes that we would love to have on our wall near our hopefully one day pristine library, walls jam packed with many incredible stories. For now? Just hang them by our crammed bookshelf. A Top 10 is definitely a great opportunity to show off those amazing lines, and maybe give you a chance to share yours too. Spam us with reading quotes!






Thursday, 19 November 2015

IN MY MAILBOX: 19TH NOVEMBER

Mail time!




I have to say - this is a biggie. 


This post contains books I've bought and parcels I've received in the last couple of weeks, and due to my laziness and busy life (well... reading time), I've yet to write a post. So here I am, shoving it all in one and hoping you don't get bored mid-post.


Come see!


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

BOOK REVIEW: EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING BY NICOLA YOON





My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.




Spoiler-free


Wednesday, 11 November 2015

BOOK REVIEW: NIGHT OWLS BY JENN BENNETT




Feeling alive is always worth the risk.

Meeting Jack on the Owl—San Francisco's night bus—turns Beatrix's world upside down. Jack is charming, wildly attractive...and possibly one of San Francisco's most notorious graffiti artists.

But Jack is hiding a piece of himself. On midnight rides and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who this enigmatic boy really is.



Spoiler-free review!

Friday, 6 November 2015

BOOK REVIEW: SIX OF CROWS BY LEIGH BARDUGO


The Grisha Trilogy introduced readers to the irresistible fantasy world of the Grisha - and now Leigh Bardugo brings us a new sweeping epic.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy, Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction - if they don't kill each other first.





Below, you will find: (a) a three-part review that's about six paragraphs too long, (b) in which I reveal no spoilers, but (c) in which I make you incredibly hungry. I'd offer apologies, except I'm too busy re-reading Six of Crows right now and all the calls go directly to my voicemail. In lieu of an apology, I offer pictures. Proceed with hunger. And feast your crows eyes on this incredible, incredible beauty.



Thursday, 5 November 2015

BOOK REVIEW: UNTAMED BY S.C STEPHENS





#1 New York Times bestselling author S.C. Stephens brings us the next book in her Thoughtless series! 


The spotlight doesn't only shine. Sometimes it burns.

Being the bad-boy bassist for the world's hottest band has earned Griffin Hancock some perks: a big house, a fast car, and most importantly his incredible wife, Anna. The one thing it hasn't brought him is the spotlight. Anna tells him to be patient, that his talent will win out. But Griffin is through waiting for permission to shine.

Without warning, Griffin makes a shocking decision and takes the gamble of a lifetime. Suddenly he's caught up in a new level of lights, cameras, and chaos. One that pushes his relationship with Anna to its limits. Anna has always found his unpredictable behavior sexy, but lately he's seen an ache in her eyes--and it has his soul in knots. Just as the recognition Griffin seeks is finally within reach, the thing he loves most in life could be slipping through his fingers...








We wish to thank Little Brown Book Group for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.




BOOK BOX SUBSCRIPTION REVIEW: FANDOM OF THE MONTH


I received my Fandom of the Month box a lot faster than I expected! I came back from a week's holiday and went to pick up the little box of goodness from the post office, and it looks so diddy and cute. I saw a few videos of BookTubers opening their boxes of previous months and they all look great, and although most of the fandoms I like have been and gone, I was very curious as to what this month would be. My first FOTM box.

If you're not aware of what the Fandom of the Month is, it's a monthly box subscription where you receive 3-4 different fandom-related jewellery in a cute drawstring bag. It's only $13 and it's carefully selected items that relate to one specific fandom each time.




This month? Come check it out.

For more information on the FOTM box, pop over to the website HERE