Friday, 14 September 2012

BBAW Day 5: And now, the end is near...

And so I face the of Book Blogger Appreciation Week.
Ok, so it doesn't have ring as the famous Frank Sinatra song, but the sentiment is the same.

I don't know about you, but I have absolutely LOVED this week of blogging.

I have met many new people, read so many different blogs and the lovely comments on my own blog has made my work actually seem worth it.

It's so nice to see my view counts go up (even though that's not important), to see that people are enjoying what I am writing and taking the time to click on my humble little page.

Thank you to every one who has visited and commented.
I  love reading your blogs and I hope you enjoy mine too. I love blogging, especially about books, so it's great to share this passion with others.

Roll on BBAW 2013!!!!!!

Happy Reading


Thursday, 13 September 2012

BBAW Day 4: Pimp That Book

Day 4 has been pretty hard for me. We have been asked to think of a book, books or authors that you feel need to be recognised more for their awesomeness. Also known as "pimp that book".

Most of the books I have read have been due to recommendations from others, so they obviously have the recognition in the first place. To get over my reader's block I have decided to interpret the topic today, and chose a book that, although it could be well known, I feel needs to be in the head's of every book reader out there.

That book is.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

Yes, so most of you have probably read it or heard about it, but my god I bet you are happy that you have. This book made me feel emotions that I have never felt before when reading a book.
It made me laugh and by god it made me cry. Hard.

John Green has a way of getting into the mind set of a 17 year old cancer sufferer that is almost disturbing. It's thought provoking, uplifting and romantic. You almost forget the story is basically about cancer and dying, and it's so believable too. It's not dramatic or tear out your hair emotional, it's real.

I mention this book to anyone I come across with a reading passion. The few people I know that has read the book can only praise it, and I encourage anyone who hasn't read any of John Green's work to read this as a starter.

It will change your life.


What book do you "pimp out" to your friends?

Happy Reading and BBAW!!

p.s DFTBA.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

BBAW: Day 3! What does Book Blogging mean to you?

We are on to Day 3 of Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2012, and what a great question to get you thinking.

To me, blogging is basically a diary of all the books I have read and enjoyed. It's also a great way to find new books from reading other blogs, as well as opening my eyes, so to speak, to genres that I may not normally want to read. In that past I have tried and failed to start blogs about different topics, but after I while I always end up running out of ideas and eventually the blog would become stagnant.

With book blogging there are constantly ideas in my brain, plenty of daily and weekly meme's to complete and there will always be a review ready to be written.

It's exciting to share my passion with others and to find a community that is so likeminded and understanding.

My answer is not as elaborate as some of your other answers, but it's simple to understand.

Blogging is a journal of my reading life.

What does blogging mean to you?

Happy Reading.


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

BBAW: Day 2! Questions, Questions and more Questions.

I came across Book Blogger Appreciation Week on Alexa Loves Books blog and was instantly excited.
What a great opportunity for the book blogging community to come together and get to know each other.

As a novice blogger I don't know anyone in the community, so hopefully this will be a good way of meeting like minded people.
However, I am a day late in the proceedings, so was unable to sign up for the blog interview swap. Damn.

So, they gave us a few questions to fill in to get the ball rolling and start talking. Here it goes...

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
I don't really snack anyway so don't really do so when reading. I always have some sort of drink lying around, reading can be thirsty business sometimes. 

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of
writing in books horrify you?
Gosh, no! I don't think I have ever written in a book other than when I have had to for school purposes. The thought of highlighting a meaningful book makes my stomach go all knotted. Not good at all.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?
Neither. Well I sometimes use a bookmark, but find that they mark (literally) the book and you can see where the bookmark has been after i've taken it out. I NEVER dog ear a book. Not under any circumstance. Shudder. I am quite precise when reading, I have to finish to the end of the chapter before I can put it down. Then I just remember what chapter I finished and continue from there.

Laying the book flat open?
No, thank you!

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
Mainly fiction. Though I enjoy fiction that is about real life people as well. Autobiographies (written by the person themself) are also very enjoyable.

Hard copy or audiobooks?
I don't think I have ever listened to an audiobook, so it would have to be hard copy all the way!

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you
able to put a book down at any point?
As previous mentioned, I HAVE to read to the end of the chapter. Can never just stop mid paragraph, it ruins the flow of my brain.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
Yes, definitely. Google is an amazing invention.

What are you currently reading?
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

What is the last book you bought?
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can
you read more than one at a time?
I like to give my full attention to one book at a time, otherwise I would feel like I was cheating on the other if I didn't give it a fair chance.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
Early evening, when there is nothing on the television and the lighting is dim enough to put on a dim side light.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
As I have been recently reading a few series it tends to be that the first one is brilliant, and the subsequent novels do not live up to its reputation. Though some stand alone books I read I want more from it. To find out what happens to it's characters and story.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
John Green. Without a doubt.

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
My top shelf is all the books on my TBR pile. Then on from that is my favourite books, then series books, then books that are not that important to me that I have yet to finish.

That was fun!!

What about you guys? This was a great "interview" to fill in, so I look forward to reading everyone's responses to the questions. If you want to read more about this exciting event just click on the picture at the top of the post. :)

Happy Book Blogger Appreciation Week.

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Lucky Ones - A Bright Young Things Novel

This fun meme was created by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It basically showcases the book or books that you cannot wait to be released in the next few months.
My choice for this week is The Lucky Ones, which is the third book in the Bright Young Things series by Anna Godbersen.

Letty's rising star is threatened by a new rival...Astrid's relationship with Charlie takes a dark turn…And Cordelia vows revenge against the Hales - once and for all...

Expected Publication Date (US) - September 18th 2012.

Not really sure when it is getting released in the UK. When I find out I will update this post accordingly.

I have been entirely absorbed into the BYT world. The series is full of twists and turns, the characters are enjoyable and my goodness the 1920's setting is purely magical.

Have you read the other two books Bright Young Things and Beautiful Days?
Are you as excited about this new release as I am?!

What are you looking forward to reading in the next few months?

Happy Reading