Sunday, 29 November 2015

What I Read In 2015 | Book Tag

Hello everyone! 2015 is coming to a close and I thought I'd make a tag wrapping up the books I've read this year! I know there's still a month and a bit left of 2015 but I don't think my answers will change much between  now and then!

1) The first book I read in 2015

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout 

2) An author I discovered in 2015

Denise Grover Swank (Author of the Rose Gardner Mystery Series)

3) My most anticipated release of 2015

Winter by Marissa Meyer 

4) A book I DNF'd in 2015

Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

5) A book you loved in 2015

Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

6) A book I disliked in 2015

The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

7) A book to movie adaptation that I liked

The Martian

8) A book to movie adaptation that I didn't like


9) Favourite blog post of 2015 

10) Favourite book cover of 2015

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon 

I tag Jessica at Bookish Serendipity , the girls at Chasing Faerytales  and Amber at the The Mile Long Bookshelf but feel free to do this if you wish! Comment your posts below , I'd loved to read them! 

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Thirty-Five and a Half Conspiracies by Denise Grover Swank | Review

Genre: Murder Mystery , Romance , Adult
Publisher: DGS
Publication date: November 6th 2015
Rating: ✰✰✰✰✰

Rose Gardner has survived plenty of close scrapes in the past, but her latest bit of trouble has landed her in the Fenton County holding cell on trumped up charges. The most powerful man in southern Arkansas, J.R. Simmons, is determined to put her behind bars for good and destroy everything she holds dear, including her boyfriend, Mason, and her friend Skeeter, reigning king of the Fenton County crime world. In a stunning betrayal, it seems as if J.R.’s son, Rose’s ex-boyfriend, might have turned tail and joined his father.

But Rose doesn’t have to face this fight alone. Her tight-knit group of friends is dedicated to helping her figure out—and foil—J.R.’s plan for ruining her, Mason, and Skeeter. But even with their support and the use of her special power, Rose is at a disadvantage. J.R. is a criminal mastermind who has been using his money, power, and web of influence to hide his conspiracies for years. How can she hope to find solid evidence implicating someone who’s mastered the art of not getting caught?

Time is running out, and soon Rose realizes that reassuming her role of the Lady in Black might be her only chance at ferreting out the evidence that will save them all. In so doing, she will risk not only her life, but the possibility that her secret identity will be unveiled to all.

Thirty-Five and a Half Conspiracies is the 8th book in the Rose Gardner Mystery Series by Denise Grover Swank. It's a long series but it's one of my favourites. Rose starts off  naive and dependent and grows spectacularly into a strong and intelligent woman. She's hilarious , cute and bad-ass and I can't imagine how anybody could dislike her. 

We pick right where Thirty-Four finished and we jump right back into the action! The plot was fast paced and as intense as any Rose Gardner book is but I felt like there was much more at stake in this one particularly. 

This series probably has my favourite bunch of characters and I adore the relationship between them! I love the relationships between Rose and Neely Kate and the (difficult) relationship of her and Joe the most because they've been there since the start but I love the new relationships too! Friendship and love are definitely huge themes in this series and Grover Swank shows us not only the type of love that Rose has for Mason and Neely Kate but also the type she has for Skeeter and Jed.

As for the big question ,Team Mason or Team Joe? Well despite the fact that I don't dislike Rose and Mason together I'm still Team Joe! Rose always talks about how she loves Joe McAllister not Joe Simmons but Joe loved simply Rose rather than Lady In Black Rose. I think they still love each other because even though they've both changed , the foundation of who they loved is still there. As you can see I'm still hopeful.

I love reading this series and I cannot wait for the next book! Denise Grover Swank has done it yet again! 

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Books That'd Make Great Christmas Presents

Christmas is fast approaching (woo!) and a lot of people start to think of what to get your friends and family! My go to Christmas gift is a book because most people will appreciate it and who knows , it could get someone into reading! So here is a list of  some books that I think would make a great Christmas present! Most of these are stand alones or duologys because in my experience if you try to get someone to read the first book of a 6 book series they are very reluctant.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

For the fangirl , the book lover or just anyone with a love for adorable stories in whatever form.

One by Sarah Crossan 

I personally think that this is best for someone who already loves to read as it is written in verse but anyone would enjoy this story!

The Next Together by Lauren James

If you have a friend or a family member who is into history , this is the book for them! 

To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han 

For the Rom-Com lover! 

Vicious by VE Schwab

Anyone who likes well structured plots could read this book!

Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Another one of the cute romantic books but this one involves studying abroad and living in France which is portrayed very beautifully.

The BFG by Roald Dahl

An obvious children's choice! It's such a classic , every child will enjoy it!

Harry Potter by JK Rowling 

I'm ending it with this one because if you know someone of any age that has not read Harry Potter yet , I personally think you should heavily suggest that they read it by buying the book for them.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Difficulties I Had To Overcome As A Book Blogger

Book blogging is a really amazing hobby! The community is lovely and you get to talk about books , I mean , what else could you want? I absolutely love it but over my not-so-short-anymore time here , I have overcome a few problems or difficulties. I don't want this post to be negative , I'm just curious to see if anyone else has had the same problems or whatever. 

Some days I have lots of post ideas and other days I have none at all! It can be really frustrating when everyone else has these cool original features and your posts are repetitive , or at least to you they seem so! Now I just post whatever want to because despite the fact that everyone else might've already done the same style of post , the words and opinions are your own and what else is there really? 

Sometimes it's been hard for me not to focus on things like the amount of views and comments and yeah , it can be disheartening when a post you worked really hard doesn't do as well as you had hoped but at the end of the day the numbers aren't what matters. You just need to push through it and not let it get you down!

Other bloggers
I cannot tell you how many times I've stressed out over tweeting another blogger in case they'd think I was just a stupid new person who knew nothing about anything but now I know that that couldn't be further from the truth! Everyone is so welcoming and kind. It's not like there's some sort of level , you just do your blog the way you want to and you're equal to everyone else!

HTML what?
I still have no clue when it comes to codes but I spent a lot of time reading tutorials and applying them to my blog! I have had so many different layouts but I had a lot of fun designing my blog with my own abilities so yeah , you figure it out!

ARCs , guest posts and scary emails!
I'm still pretty terrified when it comes to emailing publishers , authors and other bloggers about guest posts , ARCs , interviews and stuff like that but I have gotten better at it! Getting to talk to the professionals in the book community as well as other bloggers is definitely worth it though!

It's all part of a learning progress and that's what keeps it interesting! The day when I have done everything I want to do with my blogs will be the day when it's no longer fun!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Books That Made Me Feel All The Feels

Sometimes , you read a book and everything in your life stops for a while because it makes you so emotional. In my opinion , the books that make you feel even after you've closed the books are the best ones but sometimes you feel strongly in another way which makes it confusing and frustrating. Here is a list of some of the books that gave me the most feels , as you would say.

 Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
The epic conclusion to Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series made me cry so much. I can't evengo into it because only people who have read this series will understand the emotions that you feel while reading this book. There is one moment that makes me want to cry when I even think of it and then there is the epilogue which is every emotion , intensely rolled into one chapter.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
This book is heart breaking but in the best way possible. It makes you feel sad but also hopeful.

Queen Of Shadows
So many feels guys, so many! I'm still not over Rowaelin eeeeeekkk!

This was the 5th and final book in the Covenant series and I was very surprised at how emotional I was after reading it. Jennifer L Armentrout's books rarely make me that sad because they're light hearted but for some reason , it took me days to let go of this series.

Thirty-Four and a Half Predicaments
This book was really intense throughout but the ending had me hyper-ventilating. It ends in one of those "There has to be more to this." moments and it's so good but also terrifying , everything is up in the air right now. Also , side note , if you haven't read the Rose Gardner Mystery Series , please do. It deserves so much more recognition. 

One by Sarah Crossan
This book is beautifully written and it make me happy , sad and everything in between. It's written in verse but I think everyone should give it a go , no matter what your reading tastes are.

Everything Everything
Another new release , this book made me more happy than sad but it was emotional in every way. I was angry , frustrated , sad and happy.

Anna and the French Kiss
If you're ever looking for a feel good , post reading slump book , this my friend , is for you. It lifts my mood every time I read it and honestly , I've never heard a bad word about it.

The Selection
I don't understand this book. I was so angry whilst reading it but it's addicting and you can't put it down no matter how irritating 90% of the characters are. I'm still confused about whether I loved or hated this book.

Harry Potter
I don't think it's humanly possible to reread or rewatch Harry Potter without feeling every emotion.

Tell me what books have made you emotional in the comments!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

The Reading Slump | What , Why and How To Cure

Ah...The 'Reading Slump' , the worst nightmare of anyone and everyone who enjoys to read books.

The dreaded 'The Book Hangover' that you can predict about half way through a really great book or series like "Well , you're not going to be reading another book for a while my friend." Or sometimes you read a book that is just so bad or infuriating that you lose your enthusiasm for reading and that's that. For a book blogger this is especially irritating because if there are no stories going into your mind , no reviews can come out!

I've been absent from my blog for the past month because of a reading slump. What was the cause of this particular curse , you may ask? Well there were actually quite a few. The first reason was that I read Queen Of Shadows by Sarah Maas at the beginning of September which was one of the best books I have ever read and after that I couldn't get into any other books. Another reason was that school started again and that's always a problem because you're tired and out of the house all day! The final reason was that I was part of a show. Rehearsals started in August and the show lasted for a week at the end of September. There was a cast of over 100 people so that meant lots and lots of new people which was equally terrifying and exciting. I could write a whole blog post about how good an experience it was and how it changed me but basically it was so exciting that for a little while I was living my own adventure and didn't long to read as much. All of that mashed together and I couldn't pick up many books.

My first reading slump was when I was 11 years old and had just finished Harry Potter. I didn't want to read anything that didn't have Harry and the gang in it so I didn't! Since then I have had many reading slumps , especially after big series! I always start books during these slumps and DNF them within a few tries and this always makes me really sad.

I have had a good few experiences in which I have narrowly avoided a reading slump by reading a good book right in time! All you have to do is tell yourself that you are going to read a book and you are going to do it now (easier said than done , I know!)  Here are a few recommendations for getting out of a reading slump or nipping it in the bud , as you would say!

Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This book picked me up after reading all of the Cassandra Clare books in a month! My recommendation would be to read the whole series because then you have nothing to worry about ;). 

ANYTHING Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series like Lux or The Darkest Elements have gotten out of many reading slumps.

To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han 
My most recent saviour! It drags you in from page 1 and the pain from your last book won't hurt (as much) anymore!

My general rule is lighthearted and cute! Let me know in the comments what works for you or if you have any reading slump recommendations!