The Simple Wild – K A Tucker

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Book: The Simple Wild (Wild #1)
Author:
 K. A. Tucker
Genre:
Contemporary
Release Date: 7th August 2018
Pages: 388

My Rating: 5 stars

I don’t know what it was that initially pushed me to purchase this book but I wasn’t super excited about it. When it arrived it got put straight onto my TBR shelf and forgotten about. It had been there for such a long time before I even considered picking it up.

Yesterday, I was struggling to find something new to read. Usually, if I am in a good reading place I know what I’ll be picking up as soon as I finish the book I’m reading. However, I had no plans and The Simple Wild jumped out at me. I’m so glad it did.

It’s been a while since I picked up a 5 star read. I definitely haven’t had many of them this year.

This is the first book by K A Tucker that I have read and her writing style had me hooked from the first page. Boy can she write a gripping and emotional story.

I feel that a lot of contemporary authors either focus solely on character development or they go in the complete other direction and focus entirely too much on the setting. When there is too much of one or the other it can really impact a story, and not in a positive way.  K A Tucker has the perfect mix of everything which pulls you into the most beautiful story.

I am a fast reader but I devoured this book in less than four hours. I couldn’t put it down. I easily fell in love with the characters and the Alaskan setting.

Did I cry? Of course I did…repeatedly. It made me ugly cry. If you don’t at least tear up you must be as hard as nails.

It’s a story of full of love, forgiveness and finding yourself.  I highly recommend it. It’s the perfect time of year to cuddle up on your couch with a cuppa, a blanket and this book.

 

Lucy xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life Takes Over…Again

It’s always the same. Every time I’m determined to get myself back into writing things happen and I find that I’m too busy to sit with my laptop. If only I could be as organised at home as I can be at work.

I am really hoping to find a way to balance everything better. In the meantime, here are some life updates that cover why I’ve been super distracted:

My house is getting renovated

My fiancé and I bought our first home two years ago and apart from adding a few splashes of paint here and there and getting our kitchen done we kind of left it as it was. Luckily it was decent enough to live in. It had all the essentials,  it was warm and we were happy to save up for the renovations we wanted.

Two years down the line, we are now renovating and decorating our house. No more awful brown carpets and cream walls. No more 1970s brown bathroom. No more badly plastered walls. I cannot wait for it to be finished!

It’s stressful, messy and driving me crazy but we are slowly getting there. Finally, the plastering has been completed. Now we just have to wait for the bathroom to be ripped out and redone, the painting to be completed, the joiner to finish the built in cupboards and shelves in the living room, the cast iron radiators to be moved from the dining room into the correct rooms and then the carpets.

I have another new job

Several weeks ago I learnt that a position was opening up at my work and I went for it.  Surprisingly, they have offered me the job.  The pay is so much better and I’d be daft to turn it down. I know that it is a lot more work than what I am doing now but I’m hoping I’ll be a great fit and it will work out.

Hopefully, it will enable me to organise my life more outside of work as well.

I’ve been struggling with reading lately

I don’t know what is going on. I just don’t seem to be in a mood to read at the moment. I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t picked up the right book or if I’m in just in the worst kind of slump. I am hoping that what I have planned over the next few weeks will help.

I think I’m going to try a monthly reading challenge. I’ve seen a couple for October that I’m interested in so I think I’m going to give it a go.  Maybe having a target will get me out of the slump I have found myself in.

If you know of any other things I could do to help me out of this I’d appreciate the help.

 

Lucy xx

Book Snob Tag

I saw a video on Youtube and I liked the idea. So I stole it! I just looked like fun.

(Thanks Tia and all the Books)

There are a total of  7 questions and I welcome everyone else to take it and share their opinions. I’m not tagging people. (Clearly I’m in an unsociable mood after a long and crappy day at work).

Getting right into it:

 

1. Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?

For me this depends on two things.

Firstly, If I have heard a lot of hype about the book before the movie is released and I think I want to give it a go I’ll read the book first. If I just can’t get along with the book after a couple of chapters then I may just watch the film when it’s out of the cinema and easily accessible.

Secondly, if I see a trailer for something that looks amazing and I find out that it is an adaptation, I will read the book first. Obviously, the same as above applies. If it’s not good I’ll probably just leave it and watch the film at a later time.

If it is something that is not on my radar or it’s just something I’m not really into I’ll just watch the film. This tends to go for films that the other half wants to see. I learnt a long time ago to just read the books I know I’m going to enjoy. No point in wasting the time you have on things you do not like!

 

2. Format Snob: You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks?

Physical books!

No doubt about it.

Yes, ebooks are convenient and cheaper but nothing will ever beat a physical book. The feel, the smell, and the emotions that attach themselves to each and every book you own / read mean so much more.  There is just nothing better.

 

3. Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

I am marrying a non-reader.

He’s into stuff I’m not and never will be into.

There is no point in having a relationship where you do EVERYTHING together. That would be extremely boring. He has his things and I have mine. It doesn’t offend me (too much) that he doesn’t read. Just like I don’t have any interest  in playing video games or building computers.

He has his thing and I have mine and it is even better that he does his stuff in his man cave and I have my reading room for my reading and writing. It’s so perfect for when we need space for an hour or two.

 

4. Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

I never read Horror. I have no interest in it. At all. So I’d be very happy to ditch it. There is no way I’d watch a horror film, never mind read one.

 

5. Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

I’m a sucker for Romance and I would probably choose to read this genre for the rest of my life if I had to.

 

6. Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Romance for sure. There is no doubt really. The comments you see are awful sometimes. ‘They’re not real books’. ‘They are not creative’. ‘People who read them must not be intelligent’. I could go on. I have nothing to say to people who have snobby  shitty opinions like this. I LOVE a good romance and I have three degrees. The people who write romance create diverse characters and emotive stories that are just as good as any other genre.

 

7. Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

I jumped on the 50 Shades of Grey bandwagon when it first came out. However, once I finished the series I realised just how rubbish it was. Those who bitched at me for reading them had a right to. They were a load of garbage. I hold my hands up, I deserved to be snubbed for reading this series. Along with Twilight they are quite possibly some of the worst books I have read and I’ve read some corkers.

 

Copy and paste this tag? I’m super interested in everyone else answers so send me links / tag me.

 

Lucy

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The Cruel Price (The Folk of the Air #1) – Holly Black

 

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Book: The Cruel Price (The Folk of the Air #1)
Author:
 Holly Black
Genre:
Fantasy
Release Date: 2nd January 2018
Pages: 370

My Rating: 2.5 / 3 stars

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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My Thoughts…

I bought this book back when it first came out in 2018 and after reading the first couple of pages I found that I just wasn’t in the right mood for it. Bizarrely, this routine became a habit with this book. For several months I picked it up and put it straight back down after reading a few pages. After a while I just gave up with it all together and it sat on my TBR shelf for a long time.

I had (notice the past tense) placed myself on a book buying ban to try and make a dent in my TBR list and found myself drifting towards this book. Once I had decided that this was the book I was going to read next I was determined to actually complete it this time.

I saw so many 5 star reviews for this book online and I feel like an oddity as I definitely don’t rate as highly. I’ll be honest, there are things I did like about the book but there were more things I didn’t like about it.

I’m going to jump straight into the things I did not like.

The book lacked character development for most, if not all of the characters. Due to this I found it ridiculously hard to connect to the story. I’m presuming I’m not the only reader who finds it extremely difficult to read a book when it is impossible to build a relationship with the characters, especially the main protagonist.

I also found that the characters were annoying at times. I’m not going to get into this too much because I feel like once these floodgates open they will never close. However, in a shortened version: Jude’s relationship with her twin sister Taryn was irritating due to the their immature and whiney nature. Taryn excelled in this category and could win an Oscar for bitch of the year due to her jealousy.  Cardan was stupidly dramatic and his reasons for bullying just seemed really petty to me. Don’t even get me started on Valerian  and Locke. They are absolute arseholes. I just have not time for characters like that.

When new characters were introduced throughout the book there was a lack of explanation to who they are and where they came from. They just seemed to have come out of no where, did their job and then disappeared back to where they came from. The new characters come from different Courts and these weren’t really discussed either which is a shame. This caused confusion and ruined the story a little for me. I don’t understand why someone would introduce new characters into a story without any insight to their history and who they are. This loops back to the whole character development issue I mentioned earlier.

Regardless of the negatives there were a few perks to the story which moved it from a 1 star rating to a 3 star rating (I think I’m being really generous). There is drama from the get go and I do love a story with drama! I mean, it’s dark in places but it’s drama nonetheless. Right from the very beginning shit hits the fan and it makes you want to read on.

It’s an easy and entertaining read. Although there are quite a few ‘blah’ moments I found that they were easy to get over. It’s not the most amazing YA fantasy book that I have ever read but it’s readable. I’ll probably read the second instalment when I get my hands on it. However, I’m not running into town to buy it at 9am when the shops open.

 

Lucy xx

 

 

Life Update

So much has changed in my life over the past three weeks and finally I have stated feeling good in myself. With all of the changes I though that I would write a quick post!

Update One

I finally got a new job.

You know those things you do that you hate. You hate so much you have severe anxiety before doing it. Your stress levels are ridiculously high. You cry all the time. You snap at people and take it out on them. Yeah, this was me. This was me for approximately four month when the job I enjoyed turned to utter shit. I won’t go into the details of it. I genuinely think that the company I used to work for treated me and so many other people like shit and I couldn’t take it anymore. Everyone was miserable. The atmosphere was suffocating and no matter how many people said ‘things are going to change’ or ‘things will get better’ enough was enough. I finally got out. I applied for anything and everything for so long to get out as I was desperate. Finally, a great opportunity presented itself and I was offered a fab new job closer to home.

For the past four weeks I have been in training and learning the job. There is no stress. No anxiety on a Sunday afternoon when I realise Monday is literally around the corner. It’s amazing! It’s refreshing.

Update Two

I joined Slimming World.

Over the past 4 years I have piled on the weight. This has not helped my anxiety. I hated going out on nights out with my friends because I felt like the odd one out. I would make excuses not to go out wherever possible which has sadly dented my friendship circles.

I hated having my photos taken. I have untagged myself in so many photos over the past few years because I wanted to pretend they weren’t there.

Even my family were making comments. They brought my wedding into it. I was told ‘you’re not going to be able to wear the style dress you’ve dreamt of if you don’t lose weight’, or ‘Lucy you need to get healthy again, you’re going to be unconformable through your entire wedding if you don’t like having your photo taking’.

Now, I understand that people may think ‘WOW your family sound awful!’ What works for me might not work for you. My family know how my brain works. They know that I need a tough, harsh talking to. I need the truth. If people start tiptoeing around everything I won’t take any notice and I can guarantee we wouldn’t get anywhere. I’m proud of them for being honest about things and what they said was the truth.

I’m super proud of myself for finally doing something for me. I woke up one Saturday morning and decided that things needed to change. I was unfit, unhappy and uncomfortable in my own skin. I felt like complete shit knowing what I used to be like. So, I got up, got ready and joined my local Slimming World group. Two weeks later, I feel confident, healthy, happier and more determined than ever to make the changes to my life I need to. I mean 11.5lb pounds off  in two weeks to me is mind boggling. Something is working.

I am the sort of person who strives off of support from others. Doing it alone can be super hard for me and I know there are so many other people out there who are the same as me. Due to this, I have decide to log my journey and help others. Even if it is just one person I’ve done what I intended to do.

You can find my journey on Instagram: lucymayyy_sw

Even if you just want food ideas I intend to log everything. Follow me!

 

Update Three

I am in the worlds worst reading slump. My daily reading time has been cut significantly as I no longer have a 45 minute commute to work. I literally walk fir 40 minutes or catch a train and walk for 15 minutes. I may be able to do a lot of things but walking in public and reading at the same time is not one of them. No matter how amazing that would be. Maybe this would be the perfect time to try audiobooks?

Any recommendations for audiobook beginners would be amazing.

 

Lucy xx

 

Tattered (Lark Cove #1) – Denvey Perry

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Author:
 Denver Perry
Genre:
Romance
Release Date: 19th June 2018
Pages: 374

My Rating: 3 stars

Thea Landry has always known her place in modern-day society. It’s somewhere just above the trash can her mother dumped her in as a newborn but below the class where much comes easy. With her tattered shoes and bargain-bin clothes, her life has never been full of glamour.

So when a rich and charismatic man takes interest, she doesn’t fool herself into thinking their encounter is anything more than a one-night stand. Months later, she’s kicking herself for not getting his phone number. Or his last name. She’s given up hope of seeing him ever again.

Until one day, years later, Logan Kendrick waltzes into her life once more and turns everything she’s built upside down. This time around, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s going to fight to keep him in her life—not for herself.

But for their daughter.

Goodreads

 

My Thoughts…

I don’t really know what to say about this book. I don’t think I will have too much to say about it in all honestly. It was entertaining and I wanted to know where the story was going by the end of it but I wasn’t hooked and it’s defiantly not a 5 star read for me.

The characters were likeable most of the time. However, they did have their moments. You know those moments where a character says something or acts like a complete idiot and it make you want to slam your book down because they are literally doing your head in. I experienced these moments from both Logan and Thea’s behaviour. It was rare but it still happened and it just got annoying pretty quickly.

The suspense element at the end of the book was completely irrelevant too. It was not needed at all! I won’t spoil it but you’ll completely understand if you read it. Literally the most pointless thing to include!

Don’t get me wrong there was love and happiness and a cute kid that totally makes the story. When Perry’s story telling was good it was really good. She created good relationships between her characters by the end of the book and that’s what I look out for in a romance. I’m probably going to give her writing another chance in the future. I swear my negative opinions of Tattered won’t influence my opinion on Perry’s writing style and story telling. I will give her another change.

Tattered is a nice story (suspense and bratty behaviour aside) and it’s an easy read.

Sadly, it hasn’t helped me out of my reading slump. So, if someone could please send help it would be greatly appreciated.  The Bronze Horseman Trilogy (except the third book which I’m struggling with) has put me into a crappy situation where no books are doing it for me. Recommendations are welcomed at this time. Thank you in advance!

 

Lucy xx

 

 

 

 

Six For Sunday – Children’s Books I Love

Six for Sunday is a weekly meme that is hosted by A Little but a Lot. If you want to check it out yourself you can do so by following this link:

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This weeks topic is Children’s Books I Love.

This is such a great topic! I got to reminisce on all the books I loved when I was little. In no particular order these are six of the children’s books I love:

  1. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

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    The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!

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  2. Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

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    In this original edition, Peter and his sisters are told to go gather blackberries and not to go into MacGregor’s garden because Peter’s father was made into a pie by MacGregor after being found in the garden. Peter, who is wearing a new coat, promptly disobeys his mother, stuffs himself with vegetables, gets spotted by MacGregor, loses his coat and barely makes it out of the garden alive. When Peter gets home, he is given chamomile tea for dinner. Peter’s sisters, who listened to their mother and stayed out of the forbidden garden have a regular dinner.

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  3. Rebecca’s World by Terry Nation


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    It was the eleventh day of the school holidays and Rebecca was bored. But events take a dramatic turn for the better (or worse) when she finds herself transported to a distant planet whose people are terrorized by jelly-like monsters called Ghosts.

    Rebecca’s World is a marvellously gripping (and frequently comic) adventure story, with a memorable cast of characters. A story that will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

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  4. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

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    Come along on a bear hunt in this award-winning classic from Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one.. Will you come too? For more than twenty-five years readers have been swishy swashing and splash sploshing through this award-winning favorite. Join in the fun!

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  5. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson

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    The plot centers round Mary Lennox, a young English girl who returns to England from India, having suffered the immense trauma by losing both her parents in a cholera epidemic. However, her memories of her parents are not pleasant, as they were a selfish, neglectful and pleasure-seeking couple. Mary is given to the care of her uncle Archibald Craven, whom she has never met. She travels to his home, Misselthwaite Manor located in the gloomy Yorkshire, a vast change from the sunny and warm climate she was used to. When she arrives, she is a rude, stubborn and given to stormy temper tantrums. However, her nature undergoes a gradual transformation when she learns of the tragedies that have befallen her strict and disciplinarian uncle whom she earlier feared and despised. Once when he’s away from home, Mary discovers a charming walled garden which is always kept locked. The mystery deepens when she hears sounds of sobbing from somewhere within her uncle’s vast mansion. The kindly servants ignore her queries or pretend they haven’t heard, spiking Mary’s curiosity.

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  6. Anything by Roald Dahl

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The BFG

Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast.

When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

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George’s Marvellous Medicine

George’s Grandma is a grizzly, grumpy, selfish old woman with pale brown teeth and a small puckered up mouth like a dog’s bottom. Four times a day she takes a large spoonful of medicine, but it doesn’t seem to do her any good. She’s always just as poisonous after she’s taken it as she was before. When George is left to look after her one morning, it’s just the chance he needs

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What were your favourite books growing up?

 

Lucy xx