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

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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.

Goodreads

 

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

 

 

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.

    Goodreads

  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.

    Goodreads

     

  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!

Goodreads

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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

Goodreads

 

What were your favourite books growing up?

 

Lucy xx

 

Soul in Darkness – Wendy Higgins

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Book: Soul in Darkness
Author:
 Wendy Higgins
Genre:
Romance / Mythology
Release Date:  10 Feb 2019
Pages: 352

My Rating: 1 stars

 

Goodreads

 

People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty.

But gods are known for their jealousy.

Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humouring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts.

Psyche’s punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely.

Based on the Roman/Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche by Lucius Apuleius, New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins brings the tale to life, weaving layers that show exactly how a sacrificial lamb can be enchanted by an unseen monster.

Adult Historical Fantasy. Standalone.

 

My thoughts

My expectations were set so high for this book. I already knew the story of Cupid and Psyche from when I was younger and I was looking forward to this new adaptation.

Sadly, I was left disappointed. I don’t know if it was just me with these views as I’ve seen that so many other people have really enjoyed the book. Regardless, I will happily be an outcast in this instance because this book was just awful!!

I got bored really easily and I found my mind drifting quite a few times.

The way the characters were portrayed irritated me too. Psyche really started to get on my nerves in the book. When reading the myth previously I just never pictured her like this. I know that Psyche is supposed to be lonely, that’s a pretty big feature of the original story but the whining about it constantly grew old really fast.

Additionally, I wasn’t on board with her attitude towards sex either. If you are not into it…don’t do it! It’s really quite simple. Maybe if Higgins had embedded a few 21st Century views it would have worked. Creating a character who is doing things that they want to do rather than making it out like they are forced and don’t have a choice. I’m pretty sure in the original story Psyche and Eros shared a passionate relationship at night where she was happy.

I will be honest. After the first few chapters I started skimming through the book. Hoping that it would get a little better. It did not. And due to this it became one of the first books this year that I wish I’d DNF’d. Thankfully. I’m a fast reader and I did not waste too much of my time on it. 

This was a big no no for me and I’m so sad about it as I do love my retelling.

I feel like the most grumpiest person after writing this review. I don’t think I’m quite over how frustrated this book left me.  So, I’m going to cheer myself up with a Chinese take away and wine.

Lucy xx

 

April 2019

It has been a busy few weeks for me recently with travelling home to spend time with my family and starting my new job. I can’t see my lifestyle slowing down for a little while longer either. At least until I have gotten used to everything. Due to things being up in the air this month I didn’t want to over do it with my April TBR. So this month I am keeping it simple. And I mean real simple.

I have selected three books that I hope to read this month. Anything else on top of this will be selected randomly if and when needed.

I know it seems like such a waste of a TBR but sometimes a girl’s gotta to do what a girl’s gotta do. I know for a fact that if I went overboard with my TBR and I was unable to complete it I would be devastated.

So without further ado this is my April TBR (if we can even call it that):

 

The Summer Garden (The Bronze Horseman #3) by Paullina Simons

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The Magnificent Conclusion to the Timeless Epic Saga

Through years of war and devastation, Tatiana and Alexander suffered the worst the twentieth century had to offer. Miraculously reunited in America, they now have a beautiful son, Anthony, the gift of a love strong enough to survive the most terrible upheavals. Though they are still young, the ordeals they endured have changed them–and after living apart in a world laid waste, they must now find a way to live together in postwar America.

With the Cold War rising, dark forces at work in their adopted country threaten their lives, their family, and their hard-won peace. To regain the happiness they once knew, to wash away the lingering pain of the past, two lovers grown distant must somehow forge a new life . . .or watch the ghosts of their yesterdays destroy their firstborn son.

The Summer Garden . . . their odyssey is just beginning.

Goodreads

 

I was supposed to start this last week but I hardly had a minute to myself.  When I did I can guarantee I was in bed trying to have an early night. Hopefully, I can finish this book this week. I mean I’m pretty sure I still have 650 pages to go.

 

Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins

Soul in Darkness

People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty.

But gods are known for their jealousy.

Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humouring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts.

Psyche’s punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely.

Based on the Roman/Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche by Lucius Apuleius, New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins brings the tale to life, weaving layers that show exactly how a sacrificial lamb can be enchanted by an unseen monster.

Goodreads

 

I watched Jessica from Peace Love Books mention this book in one of her previous videos. I looked into it a little more and I’m intrigued to see how Higgins has worked with Greek mythology. Everyone knows I love a bit of history.

 

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood series) by J R Ward

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

Goodreads

 

I intended to read this last month but obviously I never got around to it. I am determined to get this book off on my TBR shelf this month. I’ll see what all the fuss about with this series.

 

I told you. A short but very, very sweet TBR this month.

 

Lucy xx