Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
So no book review just yet. I'm reading and enjoying: The Secret Keeper by Ruth Hogan and The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler and finally getting to grips with a novel I've been meaning to start for a while. I have so many short stories to finish. How do people find the time?
Thursday, 21 September 2017
Is evil born or made?
Monday, 18 September 2017
Today, 18th September, is the start of the A Discovery of Witches real-time read. We start reading the same date that the book starts, continuing right through to the second book: Shadow Of Night and then The Book Of Life.
Sometimes we can go weeks without reading a chapter 😧 But then sometimes you have no willpower and find yourself skipping ahead because the books are so good.
I did this for the first time last year.
The Real-Time Reading Companion features history and facts about the characters and interesting information. The Facebook group is full of discussions as we make notes and hunt for Easter eggs in our favourite trilogy. Deborah Harkness also puts things up on her social media!
What makes this year so different is that the All Souls Con is at the end of the week and the Facebook group has increased due to the news of the TV series. It's going to be an interesting real-time read.
This will be my third read of this series and I have been waiting eagerly, trying not to start reading. Sadly, I'll have to wait until I finish work to start my real-time read.
What's the book about?
"When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer." Description from Deborah Harkness' website
It's a compelling read with amazing characters that you will love. Exquisite writing and a unique fantasy world that you will not want to leave. There's not just witches like Diana but Daemon's and Vampires. There's alchemy and magic. Science and history. Drama and love.
If you are a fan of urban fantasy or love the supernatural this book is for you.
More info here:
Saturday, 16 September 2017
I said that I wasn't going to buy anymore books. Why:
- I have a massive TBR list that isn't getting any smaller
- I have two books to read and review and reading two others, one of which will also be reviewed.
But classics don't count do they?
I should've stopped looking but:I have this problem: when I'm shopping for books my brain switches off, it does, I can't even remember what books I own or need, I don't have the willpower to say: no you don't need anymore books. I can't leave them behind! So I also picked up these...
I did not intend to buy this many books,
In my defence:
Classics are not the same as regular books.
They're just not. They are books you collect (and read! you have to read them!) it's not as if I bought contemporary books to add to my TBR, it's not the same I tell you. I'm adding to a collection not just a TBR (oh dear, that's a justification I could make to any book, wish I hadn't thought of that).
I broke my rule again! I can't help it, I need to go to some sort of book addicts support group, however:
Do you collect classics or gorgeous hardbacks? Make me jealous! Have you told yourself you're not going to buy more but did? Are you just as addicted as me? Or maybe you were good and had willpower, how? 😟
Monday, 11 September 2017
Release Date: 8th February 2018
Genre: HorrorType of books: ebook, from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Description from Netgalley:The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements is an eerie and compelling seventeenth-century ghost story set on the dark wilds of the Yorkshire moors. For fans of Michelle Paver, Helen Dunmore and Daphne du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel, this gothic tale will weave its way into your imagination and chill you to the bone.
Sometimes you get a good feeling when you start reading a book, like a gut instinct, that it's going to be good. 'The Coffin Path' is set on the moors and this atmosphere is the perfect place for a gothic story. The first scene dives straight into action with Mercy helping a ewe who is struggling to give birth. It's the beginning of a chilling story. When she's going home after helping the ewe Mercy feels like she is being followed, later on there is a hint that there has always been a curse at Scarcross Hall.
The beginning drew me in and I was hooked until the viewpoint change to a new character which also changed the tone of the story from the gothic but not for good. The mystery surrounding the new character soon kept me riveted allowing me to put my doubts aside and not stop reading until the surprising conclusion. I really enjoyed this book. It's a gothic ghost story with mystery and drama. The atmosphere and setting is amazing and the characters are people you will care about. It's one of those books where words fail me, how can I capture it in one sentence or paragraph? The one thing that stays with me besides the character of Mercy, is the imagery of the moors.
Friday, 8 September 2017
The mystery still isn't solved. Can't remember if I entered a competition and ARC copies usually come from publishers. I definitely didn't order it my proof is the invoice it says " please accept with our compliments". I must have a terrible memory 😞 Maybe I'll figure it out eventually.
I remember seeing this book online somewhere and was interested in it. But heard nothing about recieving it. Oh, dear. Did I enter a competition? I must have. I remember something.....
An email search later. I forgot it's an ARC I requested weeks ago. Oh dear what a terrible memory. I forgot about the website and had no notifications it was coming recently. Completely forgot. Should I be worried about my memory? The email was dated July 23rd though
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