Sunday, 29 January 2012

In My Mailbox 41

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Books I received this week.

In The Post:

Bad Taste In Boys - Carrie Harris


Stay Tuned - Lauren Clark

Seriously slow week for me which makes a change. But it's all good as for the past few days I have been totally captivated by Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. They are so fantastic I have been devouring them every moment I get. In the middle of the last book - must get back to it.

That's all for now.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

In My Mailbox 40

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Books I received this week.

In The Post:

The Tempest - Julie Cross

The Storyteller
- Antonia Michaelis

The Book of Blood and Shadow - Robin Wasserman

Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s - Jennifer Worth


Blue Sky Days - Marie Landry

With This Kiss - Victoria Lynne

Playing For Keeps - R.L. Mathewson

QI: The Second Book of General Ignorance
- John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

Dangerous Angels - Francesca Lia Block


Kiss Me, I'm Irish - Roxanne St Claire, Jill Shalvis, Maureen Child

That's all for now.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Waiting On Wednesday 36

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that highlights an upcoming book release that we are eagerly anticipating.

Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves by Matthew Reilly.
Released 2nd February 2012.

At an abandoned Soviet base in the Arctic, the battle to save the world has begun...


It is a top-secret base known only as Dragon Island. A long-forgotten relic of the Cold War, it houses a weapon of terrible destructive force, a weapon that has just been re-activated...


When Dragon Island is seized by a brutal terrorist force calling itself the Army of Thieves, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and there are no crack units close enough to get there in time to stop the Army setting off the weapon.


Except, that is, for a small equipment-testing team up in the Arctic led by a Marine captain named Schofield, call-sign SCARECROW. It's not a strike force; just a handful of Marines and civilians. It's not equipped to attack a fortified island held by a vicious army. But Scarecrow will lead the team in anyway, because someone has to.


I love love love Matthew Reilly's Shane Schofield series and I am so happy that a new one is coming out - already pre-ordered my copy.

That's all for now.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Teaser Tuesday 39

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

The idea is to:
Grab the book you are currently reading.
Open it up to a random page.
Share two teaser sentences.
Give the name and author of said book.
And remember No Spoilers!

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

I haven't actually started reading this one yet but Linkit's up on deck.

"I felt this weird mix of disappointment and anger welling up inside of me. I don't even know what the feeling was, really, just that there was a lot of it, and I wanted to smack Augustus Waters and also replace my lungs with lungs that didn't suck at being lungs."

Page 20.

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means) Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly, to her interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

That's all for now.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

In My Mailbox 39

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Books I received this week.

In The Post:

On Lavender Lane - JoAnn Ross

Bossypants - Tina Fey

The Fault In Our Stars
- John Green

Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor

The Perfect Play - Jaci Burton

Safe Haven - Nicholas Sparks

Fracture - Megan Miranda


The 7th Month - Lisa Gardner


Lies Beneath - Ann Greenwood Brown

In The Flesh - Portia Da Costa

That's all for now.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Booking Through Thursday 22

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme which asks a bookish question which you have to answer. This weeks question is:

But enough about interviewing other people. It’s time I interviewed YOU.

1. What’s your favorite time of day to read? I pretty much read every spare minute I have but my favourite time to read is really late at night when it's dark and quiet and I don't have to get up early the next morning.

2. Do you read during breakfast? (Assuming you eat breakfast.) I don't eat breakfast (bad I know) I literally roll out of bed wash up and drag myself to work. However back when I was younger and had to go to bed super early and could therefore get up super early yes I did read during breakfast.

3. What’s your favorite breakfast food? (Noting that breakfast foods can be eaten any time of day.) Again I don't really do breakfast but if I did it would would be something simple like toast - my stomach just can't handle food that early.

4. How many hours a day would you say you read? Quite a bit but really it all depends on my mood. Some days I will only read for an hour or so other days I can read nonstop for 6 or more hours.

5. Do you read more or less now than you did, say, 10 years ago? 10 years ago I was at college which didn't really slow down my non-school reading so I would say it's about the same.

6. Do you consider yourself a speed reader? No I don't. Everyone else seems to think I read pretty fast but I don't really I just spend more time reading than most people.

7. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Tough one I go back and forth between many superpowers. It used to be flying but recently it's a toss up between super speed and time travel but ask me again next week and I'll have a different answer.

8. Do you carry a book with you everywhere you go? Ha yes I try to. Either my kindle or a real life book. I got in trouble with my Dad over Christmas when he caught me trying to fit a book into my pretty small bag when we were going out to a family dinner. His question - What the hell are you doing? Me - I might get bored.

9. What KIND of book? Usually a paperback that I don't mind getting beaten up a bit as it usually does in my bag or my kindle as long as I am going to keep my bag with me. For some reason I usually take books that I've already read and want to re-read.

10. How old were you when you got your first library card? Thanks to my Mum very very young. I was reading when I was about four so I would say then. Looking back I don't remember a time when I wasn't going to the library when I was a child.

11. What’s the oldest book you have in your collection? (Oldest physical copy? Longest in the collection? Oldest copyright?) No clue really. I have a lot of my old childhood books like my Enid Blyton collection. And I have some early Enid Blyton books that I got from my Nan.

12. Do you read in bed? Yes it's where I do most or my reading and typing - I'm there right now actually!

13. Do you write in your books? Oh dear God no. I can't imagine anything worse. I had a huge problem even highlighting my text books when I was at University - I had to use post-its.

14. If you had one piece of advice to a new reader, what would it be? Read what YOU want to read not what everyone else thinks you should be reading.

15. What question have I NOT asked at BTT that you’d love me to ask? (Actually, leave the answer to this one in the comments on this post, huh? So I can find them when I need inspiration!) OK I have two:

Have you ever bought a book, started reading it and then realised you have already read it? If so, how far did you get? (Can you tell this happened to me for the first time ever this week!?!)

If I said to you think of a book you've read what would be the first one that comes to mind? Now tell me why it was that book.

That's all for now.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Teaser Tuesday 38

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

The idea is to:
Grab the book you are currently reading.
Open it up to a random page.
Share two teaser sentences.
Give the name and author of said book.
And remember No Spoilers!

Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale.

"I wish I'd never come here, wish I'd never found out, wish I'd never been born. This man is breaking into pieces before me and it's all my fault."

Page 189.

How can you face your future when your past it a lie? When Rosie Kenning's mother, Trudie, dies from Huntingdon's disease, her whole world falls apart. Not only does Rosie desperately miss her mum, but now she has to face the fact that she could have inherited the fatal illness herself. Until she discovers that Trudie wasn't her biological mother at all ...Rosie is stunned. Can this be true? Is she grieving for a mother who wasn't even hers to lose? And if Trudie wasn't her mother, who is? But as Rosie delves into her past to discover who she really is, she is faced with a heart-breaking dilemma - to continue living a lie, or to reveal a truth that will shatter the lives of everyone around her...

That's all for now.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

In My Mailbox 38

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Books I received this week.

In The Post:

- Kiersten White

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - Jennifer E. Smith

Someone Else's Life - Katie Dale

The Duke is Mine - Eloisa James

Enemy Within - Marcella Burnard

Not Quite A Husband - Sherry Thomas


Wither - Lauren DeStefano

I Love the 80s - Megan Crane

Iris and Ruby - Rosie Thomas

Sowing Secrets - Trisha Ashley


The Vanishing Game - Kate Kae Myers

Scarlet - A. C. Gaughen

Shooting Stars - Allison Rushby

Unbreak My Heart - Melissa Walker

Tempted By Her Innocent Kiss - Maya Banks

That's all for now.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Teaser Tuesday 37

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

The idea is to:
Grab the book you are currently reading.
Open it up to a random page.
Share two teaser sentences.
Give the name and author of said book.
And remember No Spoilers!

Supernaturally by Kiersten White.

"After a long day I didn't even mind the humiliation of climbing on the old, yellow bus with its cracked seats. I was the only senior without a car, but none of them were going on international, human-saving missions after school."

Page 120-121.

Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

So much for normal.

That's all for now.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

In My Mailbox 37

(Sorry for the dodgy picture the flash decided to take the day off and I couldn't take another one because the battery ran out.)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Books I received this week.

For Christmas:

Shakespeare's Landlord - Charlaine Harris
Shakespeare's Champion - Charlaine Harris
Shakespeare's Christmas - Charlaine Harris
Shakespeare's Trollop - Charlaine Harris
Shakespeare's Counselor - Charlaine Harris

The Lincoln Lawyer Novels - Michael Connelly
The Fifth Witness - Michael Connelly

Dead Stop - Jamie Denton
Remain Silent - Jamie Denton

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
- Mindy Kaling

TwiLite: A Parody - Stephen Jenner

In The Post:

Legacy - Jayne Ann Krentz

Daniel's Bride - Linda Lael Miller

A Game of Thrones - Gerorge R. R. Martin

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - Paul Torday


A Sister's Gift - Giselle Green

Breaking the Silence - Diane Chamberlain

Darke: Septimus Heap Book 6 - Angie Sage

The Fortune Hunter - Diane Farr

That's all for now.

2012 Debut Author Challenge.

OK so I failed miserably at last years Debut Author Challenge I think it's possible that I read 12 debut books but I did not review them all. But 2012 is a new year and completing this challenge is one of my New Year's Resolutions so it will be done. So thank you to Kristi @ The Story Siren for creating this Challenge hopefully I'll do better this year.

That's all for now.

New Year's Resolutions

It's been a while since I have posted on the blog - had to take a little break as life got a little busy. But hopefully starting in the New Year I will be around a little more, starting back up with the memes and posting some reviews. Fingers crossed.

So on to the resolutions.

Number One is of course to blog more. Even though I have been away from the blog I have still read tons of books so there's no excuse not to write a few reviews. Maybe I ought to think about making a schedule and writing some posts in advance.

Number Two is to watch less TV. I love TV especially American tv shows but lately my whole life is being consumed by them and it's not so healthy. So less tv and more blogging.

Number Three is to cut down on the book buying. I have hundreds of unread books and yet I still keep buying more. Just not good - especially considering I am trying to save money so I can go back to University.

Number Four is to read my netgalley books - no more requesting until I have read the ones I already have. (Ok so this one is already looking a little impossible for me.)

And finally Number Five is to actually finishing the 2012 Debut Author Challenge. I signed up for the 2011 Challenge started off OK then sought of lost my way but this year I am going to do it!

That's all for now.