MISC: 100 Followers Giveaway

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100 followers to me is a very big milestone, and to celebrate I wanted to give back to all the lovely people who have read my posts, liked them, commented on them or just had a little poke around. I did think about doing this over on my Twitter, but it seemed more appropriate to do it here. So, I’m giving away a copy of my favourite book The Perks of Being a Wallflower and my favourite read of 2017 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

How do I enter you ask? Well here are the rules:

  • You have to comment on this post and tell me what your favourite book is and why
  • You must comment on this post on or before the 17th October 2017. Late entries won’t be accepted.
  • Only one entry will be accepted per person.
  • You don’t need to be a follower of the blog, but feel free to follow if you like what you see!
  • You must be a UK resident over the age of 16
  • You must be happy to provide a shipping address if successful.
  • Only one entrant will be selected to win both books (I wish I had more, I’m sorry)

I’ll announce the winner on the 18th October 2017 and once I’ve got the shipping address I will send out the copies ASAP. I am moving next week so I’ve timed this wonderfully (not) but I will let the winner know when I’ve sent the books so they know when to expect them!

So what’s your favourite book and why?

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TOP TEN TUESDAY- 3rd October 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in, by posting their answers as a comment of by creating their own blog post.

I’ve missed out on the last few weeks of Top Ten Tuesday, but I’m back and looking forward to sharing this weeks picks! The topic is Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (which characters do you have crushes on?), but I’m picking characters who have a special little place in my heart. Continue reading “TOP TEN TUESDAY- 3rd October 2017”

BOOKISH FINDS: Feminist Fiction, Mesmerising Mags and Sunny Socks

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After two year of part-time study, furiously writing and re-writing, reading and analysing, I’ve finally finished my Masters, and although I’m relieved and proud of what I’ve achieved, and excited to be let loose on whatever books I choose, I am a little bit sad. For a while now it’s been my main focus, and without it I feel a little adrift. So to cheer myself up I did what I do naturally; I bought some books. Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Feminist Fiction, Mesmerising Mags and Sunny Socks”

WWW WEDNESDAY- 13th September 2017

EtheringtonHeaders- WWW WednesdayWWW is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their reads by answering three questions:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

It’s been a few weeks since I took part in WWW Wednesday, so here is a run down of what I’ve read in the last few weeks.

Continue reading “WWW WEDNESDAY- 13th September 2017”

REVIEWS: Which came first, the book or the TV show? Reviewing Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

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dsc_01931Its very rare that I watch a film or TV adaptation before the book. I often end up missing out on seeing things at the cinema, or watching shows when they’re on because I haven’t had a chance to read the books first. It’s why I still haven’t seen Room, and why I raced through the A Song of Ice and Fire series (because I was not missing that, the night is dark and full of spoilers after all). The book is a reader’s chance to experience the author’s vision in its truest form, and I like to get to grips with that vision before being confronted by a more condensed interpretation. Continue reading “REVIEWS: Which came first, the book or the TV show? Reviewing Bitten by Kelley Armstrong”

Desert Island Discs blog tag

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Thank you to BookBum for not only tagging me in the Desert Island Discs blog tag but creating it as well! I don’t talk about music much on my blog but it is always in the background, whether I’m writing posts or reading. So it’s nice to get a chance to share some of the music I love with you all!

Here’s how it works…

  • Link back to BookBum’s original post! (Remember to do this via pingback)
  • Thank the person(s) who tagged you… show some love!
  • Come up with your answers
  • Then tag others to keep the tag going!

Premise of Desert Island Discs…

You are cast away onto a remote island:

  • You can bring 5 albums, what are they?
  • You can bring ONE book (not including The Bible (or other appropriate religious texts) or The Complete Works of Shakespeare, as they are already provided and NO SERIES), what ONE book is it?
  • You can have one luxury item (it has to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island), what is it?

My answers:

The five albums I would take:

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This album is the soundtrack to most of my long train journeys. I like to listen to it while staring wistfully at the countryside. I actually bought the album for my sister in the dark days when I didn’t actually like the band, and then I downloaded it on my iPod a few years ago and couldn’t believe I hadn’t listened to it more.

Favourite song: Bloodflood

 

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Because 14-year-old me would never forgive me if I didn’t. I was such a huge P!ATD mega fan back in the day, and although I don’t listen to this album as often anymore I still can’t stop myself from singin along.

 

Favourite song: Time To Dance

 

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I had a music teacher who once said my iPod was the most depressing thing he’d ever come across. I took that as a compliment even though I don’t think it was intended that way. Anyway Morrisey’s vocals and the lyrics have always made me want to sing along. It was The Perks of Being a Wallflower that made me listen to The Smiths in the first place, for which I am eternally grateful to Charlie.

Favourite song: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

 

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I don’t think this band get half as much love as they deserve. There first album Howl was flawless as is Bang. Sadly I lost my digital copy of Howl and it’s no longer on iTunes, but I still have Bang. Sean’s vocals are perfect.

Favourite song: Voodooized

 

 

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I don’t feel like I’ve put together a particularly upbeat collection of music, which I probably should have thought about considering these would be the only albums I’d have access to, but I couldn’t skip out on White Lies. I wasn’t a huge fan of Ritual but To Lose My Life and Big TV are albums I’ve listened to compulsively. Another great band with distinctive vocals.

Favourite song: EST


 

The one book I would take:

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Sorry, sorry, everyone must be sick to death of me bring up this book again and again BUT it is such an important book to me. I don’t tend to re-read but I’ve re-read Perks hundreds of times, and it always hits me with emotion like it’s the first time. I don’t think I’ll ever find a fictional character who I care about quite like Charlie.


 

The one luxury item I would take:

My sketchbooks and pencils. I haven’t done any drawing in forever, not since I graduated from my Fine Art degree. So, if I had to spend some time alone on a desert island, I’d definitely like to brush up on my skills. I’m so rusty now!

MISC: An Evening with Stephanie Garber

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A couple of weeks ago I saw that Stephanie Garber was coming to Waterstones in Liverpool to talk about her amazingly successful debut novel, Caraval. Unfortunately it clashed with my university course, which meant I wouldn’t be able to go. The world was conspiring against me. Then, last week the group decided to have a Reading Week (I know, it’s an MA so everyone is alarmingly chill about the whole degree thing), and alas I was able to go. The only problem was, I hadn’t read the book and I didn’t have a copy.

I splashed out on the hardcopy on Amazon. It’s potentially the prettiest book I own, and I know that means nothing if a book isn’t good, but the publishers have just gone an extra mile with this book. You already feel yourself being pulled into a world of magic before you open the page.

Anyway, I booked my ticket and I was going solo. For me, that’s a big thing. There are a lot of times I haven’t done things I wanted to do because it meant doing them alone, but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity.

I was a little worried that I hadn’t read the book. I felt like people would instantly know before I got there and shun me, which is ridiculous. The book community in general are always super welcoming, and no one seemed to sense my unworthiness.

It was a really great talk. I didn’t feel excluded for not having read the book. James Rice, the author of Alice and they Fly, hosted the evening, and asked a lot of questions about the process of writing and how Caraval was written, rather than the intricacies of the plot. As an aspiring writer, it was comforting to hear that because a novel is a debut, it doesn’t mean it’s the first one a writer has finished. Caraval was Stephane Garber’s sixth novel and while it must have been frustrating to have five books go unpublished she perceviered. In the end, she said she was glad that the other novels hadn’t be picked up because they were gearing her up towards Caraval. In those books she learnt a lot about world-building and character development, not from the things that went well, but from the mistakes.

Meeting her at the end of the evening was a treat. She was so warm, and even though I blurted out that I hadn’t actually read the book, she was excited for me to read it and happy that I’d come out. I’m looking forward to more book events soon!

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