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Bout of Books 11 – Day 2

August 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Tuesday – Day 2

The second day of this read-a-thon went much better than the first, at least as far as reading was concerned.

I didn’t participate in any of the challenges, though I did think about them. Infinite Ink’s challenge (more info here) sounded particularly interesting… So I thought I would say something here instead.

Challenge:

For this challenge, I want to hear all about your favorite literary OTP.  Tell me why you ship them.  Tell me how perfect they are for each other.

I have to admit that I don’t have a single OTP, and most of my preferred OTPs are not by any definition canon. So thinking of a canon based OTP has been a bit of a challenge, but I think I’ve managed to come up with a couple, one of which was inspired by Crystal’s example on Infinite Ink. So here goes…

Li Syaoran & Kinomoto Sakura from Card Captor Sakura and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles both by CLAMP.

I was first instroduced to Syaoran and Sakura through the anime Card Captors, and I just fell in love with the characters and the world. Then I read the manga on which the series was based, and it was awesome. So when I heard that CLAMP were re-using the characters in Tsubasa I had to read it too.

I ship Syaoran/Sakura because they are just adorable together. It was really fun in both mangas watching them fall in love with one another, and the other characters’ reactions to their relationship.

If you’ve never read a manga before, then I totally recommend anything by CLAMP as a great place to start. They typically write really cute romances with adventure and magic.

Alanna & George from The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce.

I’m afraid I’ve been an Alanna/George shipper from the start. I know a lot of people wanted Alanna to be with Jon, but I always felt that Alanna would have to bend too much for the relationship to work long-term. I ship them primarily because George makes Alanna laugh and take life less seriously – sometimes she can be too serious, and life has to have fun times too. I also ship them because George is always there for Alanna even when she’s made it pretty clear that she just wants them to be friends.

Books Read Today: 1
Pages Read Today: 241
Total Pages: 279

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Bout of Books 11 – Day 1

August 19, 2014 5 comments

Monday – Day 1

The first day of this challenge was both a resounding success and a complete disaster.

I didn’t do much reading at all. Like almost none. However, I did manage to participate in a challenge (see below) and in the Twitter chat which was fun and hectic.

Challenge:

The Book Monsters held a scavenger hunt (you can find more details here) and here is my entry:

1. A Book that begins with “B” (for Bout of Books!) –> Beka Cooper/Bloodhound
2. A book that has been made into a movie/tv show –> The Last Song
3. A series you love –> Beka Cooper Trilogy
4. An anthology of poems or short stories –> The Assassin’s Blade (kind of a cheat, I think)
5. A book on your TBR shelf, or your full TBR shelves –> The Assassin’s Blade

It was quite fun doing this challenge.

Books Read Today: 1
Pages Read Today: 38

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Bout of Books 11- Signing-up & My Goals and Updates!

August 17, 2014 2 comments

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

As I am currently running super behind both in signing up for this Bout of Books, and in blog posts in general, I have decided to combine what would normally be two posts… Sorry in advance if this post gets super long!!

Bout of Books 11 is my fourth time taking part in this read-a-thon. On the whole I have found the read-a-thon to be really enjoyable, and I have been on the whole quite successful with my goals. Taking part in the read-a-thon has also helped me to get back on track with my reading schedule, which I’m falling behind on yet again. Here’s hoping that this one will continue that pattern.

So without further ado, here are my goals for Bout of Books 11.

Time Devoted To Reading … I think I’m going to go with the same goal as I did with Bout of Books 10, I’m going to aim to read about 2 hours a day for the whole seven days.

My Goals for Bout of Books 10:

  1. Read 100 pages a day minimum.
  2. Take part in 1 Twitter chat.
  3. Participate in 1 Challenge.

Books I want to Read:

These are the books which are next in my TBR pile. I doubt I will manage to read all of them, but it would be nice to make a dent into the stack. I’m going very much by my mood this time, so which ones I read will definitely depend on how I feel on that particular day.

Links to Goal Updates:

  • Monday 18th August
  • Tuesday 19th August
  • Wednesday 20th August
  • Thursday 21st August
  • Friday 22nd August
  • Saturday 23rd August
  • Sunday 24th August

Good luck and happy reading to everyone else entering!

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ICYMI Sunday 16 – Books and Bikes

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) Sunday is a new meme that I am planning to feature on the blog every week. It is based on the Sunday Post  which is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, which was in turn inspired in part by the In My Mailbox meme. Basically, it allows me to let you know what went on the blog this week and anything interesting that is going on. It will also allow me to showcase any books I receive like the Showcase Sunday which is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

The last couple of weeks have been okay. I really enjoyed watching Dolly Parton at Glastonbury on the TV, I think she put on a real good show. I also enjoyed watching the start of the Tour de France yesterday, it was nice to see all those people out to watch the race! I’m also really looking forward to being at YALC next weekend – I will only be there on the Saturday though!

On the blog the last couple of weeks:

What else is going on?

  • An amusing comic for Philip Pullman fans here.
  • Boingboing has an article in which ‘C. S. Lewis explains why you should be proud to read children’s books’ which you can find here.
  • The New York Times has an article about the American Academy of Paediatrics new recommendation that children should be read aloud to from birth here.
  • Entertainment Weekly reimagines some literary classics as YA books here.
  • J. K. Rowling’s latest novel as Robert Galbraith THE SILKWORM sells 21k in its first week! You can find out more here.
  • The Guardian reports here that the filming of FANTASTIC BEASTS is to be shot in the UK.
  • The Boston Globe has a really hard Children’s book and YA lit quiz which you can have a go at here.

Not a lot of links this week, especially when you consider that the above is two weeks worth of links that have caught my attention. Saw the Philip Pullman strip, and I just had to share especially after reading the comments. I also thought that C. S. Lewis made some interesting points in the section quoted on Boingboing. I was also somewhat bemused by The New York Times article, but that was probably because my parents always read to me as a child and encouraged a love of reading – and I know not everyone does this, but I still think it’s weird. There are some really amazing re-imagined covers and I was happy to see that Rowling still did well sales wise despite the Amazon/Hachette dispute. The Boston Globe‘s book quiz was…interesting. There were quite a few books I hadn’t heard of and/or not read, but I still enjoyed trying to guess. I didn’t do particularly well, but then I didn’t expect to either once I saw the questions.

No books for me this week, but hopefully I’ll have a couple (or so) to show next week.

I would love to hear what you’ve been up to this week and what books, if any, you’ve got so please leave me a link in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by :D

ICYMI Sunday 15- A Late Posting (Sorry)

June 22, 2014 3 comments

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) Sunday is a new meme that I am planning to feature on the blog every week. It is based on the Sunday Post  which is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, which was in turn inspired in part by the In My Mailbox meme. Basically, it allows me to let you know what went on the blog this week and anything interesting that is going on. It will also allow me to showcase any books I receive like the Showcase Sunday which is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

This week has been a week of ups and downs. The weather has been nice and sunny, which I have liked from the relative safety of being inside but not really appreciated when I’ve ventured out in it. The hot weather has also left everyone a little grumpy, but hey-ho.

On the blog the last couple of weeks:

What else is going on?

  • YA Interrobang has a list of ‘Ten Stories Inspired by Greek Mythology” which you can find here. I think they including some great books in their list.
  • S. E. Smith wrote an article on The Daily Dot titled ‘The real story behind the war over YA novels’ which you can find here. Smith puts forward the argument that there might be a reason why so many adults read YA fiction – that it might, actually, speak to them in a way that adult literature fails to.
  • In an article on The Guardian YA author CJ Daugherty asks the question ‘Should boys read boys?’. Daugherty responds to those who argue that boys should just read books written by men here.
  • The Guardian reports that ‘Sherlock lives in the public domain, US court rules in case of the heckled brand’. You can find the report here.
  • Sharleen Spiteri the leader singer of Texas talks about her love of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee here and Human Rights lawyer Shami Chakrabarti talks about her love for the book here.
  • The Guardian readers share some of their bookshop memories here.
  • J. K. Rowling responds to a tweet about Lord Voldemort’s sex life (or lack thereof) here.
  • Jess of Jess Hearts Books, Vicky of Books, Biscuits and Tea, Carly of Writing from the Tub and Michelle of Fluttering Butterflies are hosting the first YALC Readathon. It runs from the 23rd to the 29th June. You can find out more and sign-up here.
  • Author Julie Kagawa talks about her new book TALON (which comes out later this year) here.

So the discussion of adults reading young adult books seems to have devolved into boys should read books by men because girls have cooties, obviously. Not really sure what I think about the US court ruling re SHERLOCK. I think there’s potential for the ruling to be problematic regarding future copyright cases. J. K. Rowling’s response to the comment on Twitter was brilliant!! I would have signed-up to the YALC Readathon as I desperately need to, but I don’t have any copies of the books to hand – I need to rectify that soon-ish.

And finally, I do actually have one book this week. Mum was super awesome and picked this book up for me.

  • THE SILKWORM (A CORMORAN STRIKE NOVEL, 2) by Robert Galbraith [Goodreads]

I would love to hear what you’ve been up to this week and what books, if any, you’ve got so please leave me a link in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by :D

ICYMI Sunday 14 – The a “little bit” of news

June 8, 2014 6 comments

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) Sunday is a new meme that I am planning to feature on the blog every week. It is based on the Sunday Post  which is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, which was in turn inspired in part by the In My Mailbox meme. Basically, it allows me to let you know what went on the blog this week and anything interesting that is going on. It will also allow me to showcase any books I receive like the Showcase Sunday which is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

This week has been quite a quiet one irl, but on the plus side I do seem to have my reading groove back! It’s been interesting seeing people’s BEA wrap-up posts and hauls over the last week or so, it looks like there are going to be some really awesome books to look forward to later this summer/autumn. I am finally nearing the end of my tbr pile, so there might be some book buying from me soon. Maybe.

On the blog the last couple of weeks:

What else is going on?

  • Whispers of a Barefoot Medical Student talks about ‘Books as a Mirror for Attitudes towards Mental Health’ here. It’s a very interesting look at how books could be used as a medium to help lessen the stigma associated with Mental Health.
  • Leigh Bardugo author of the GRISHA series has released her UK tour dates and spots, which you can find here.
  • The Bookseller reports that the Foyles outlet at St Pancras International Station is to close on July 31st when the lease expires. You can find out more information here.
  • The Guardian reports than ‘Ebooks [are] on course to outsell printed editions in UK by 2018here.
  • Nick Ripatrazone posted a list of ’55 Thoughts for English Teachershere which is quite an interesting read if you like your literature.
  • Penguin Random House reveals what their new logo looks like here.
  • Helen Musselwhite is the overall winner of the V&A Illustration Awards. You can find the winning illustration here or read more about it here.
  • In response to a tweet by Richard Dawkins The Guardian asks ‘Are fairytales damaging to children?’ here. And this is my response kinda – it’s something I wrote re fairytales a while ago. Would love to hear your thoughts though.
  • Shelf Awareness has an interesting article about Amazon vs. Hachette with comments from Stephen Colbert, J. K. Rowling and many more. If you’re interested in reading their comments you can find it here.
  • C J Daugherty talks on The Book Seller about the stigma of writing YA and how she thinks UK booksellers could help change that here.
  • Dianna Anderson wrote an article titled ‘Why Criticizing Young Adult Fiction is Sexist’ in which she responds to Ruth Graham’s article in Slate, and puts forward the suggestion that YA literature is just as important as adult literature and just as diverse. You can read her article for yourself here.
  • The Guardian asked some authors to pick what books they would choose for their GCSE set texts, which resulted in some interesting choices. Hilary Mantel’s response in particular is an interesting one. You can find the authors and their picks here.
  • Alexandra Petri also responds to the criticism of YA in the article ‘Ashamed of reading YA? The fault lies not in our stars but in our stores’ which you can read here.
  • On a slightly lighter note, BuzzFeed has a brilliant post about people’s reactions to watching THE FAULT IN OUR STARS film titled ‘Everybody Who Saw “The Fault In Our Stars” Really Hates John Green Now’ which you can find here.
  • The Guardian has a timelapse video that shows the relocation of Foyles’ flagship bookshop (and you get a sneak peek inside the new store). You can find the video here.
  • Orli Vogt-Vincent asks if ‘LGBT relationships [are] the last taboo for teen fiction?’ You can read what she has to say and (if you want) respond here.

So yeah, as you can see there was quite a lot going on in the book blog/vlog sphere this week.

I think the furore over whether it’s “right” if adults read ya fiction is a tad disappointing. I haven’t actually read the article (nor linked to it) because I don’t want to give it any hits, and also because I’m of the opinion that it’s a waste of my time – obviously I disagree. However, some of the responses (which I have included) are interesting and raise some interesting questions.

No books for me this week.

I would love to hear what you’ve been up to this week and what books, if any, you’ve got so please leave me a link in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by :D

ICYMI Sunday 13 – The One Where I’m On Time?!

June 1, 2014 6 comments

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) Sunday is a new meme that I am planning to feature on the blog every week. It is based on the Sunday Post  which is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, which was in turn inspired in part by the In My Mailbox meme. Basically, it allows me to let you know what went on the blog this week and anything interesting that is going on. It will also allow me to showcase any books I receive like the Showcase Sunday which is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

This week I will probably be late in responding to comments as I’ll be out celebrating my parents’ birthdays. It’s been a while since I’ve managed to get an ICYMI Sunday post up because of bad timing on my part – Mondays keep creeping up on me! – so fingers crossed this post will be out on time.

Hope you’ve all had a good week.

On the blog the last couple of weeks:

What else is going on?

  • LeVar Burton has launched a Kickstarter project to ‘Bring Back Reading Rainbow for Ever Child, Everywhere.’ For more info and how to help click here.
  • Paralympian Ellie Simmonds will be signing copies of her new book ELLIE’S MAGIC BAKERY at the Birmingham New Street Waterstones on Saturday 7th June at 12pm. Click here for more info.
  • Don’t forget that the UK’s first ever Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) is being held in conjunction with the London Film and Comic Con on 12th and 13th July. You can book tickets and find out more here.
  • Hannah Gómez talks about ‘realistic’[1] adoption in Young Adult literature here.
  • The branch of Foyles Bookshop at 113-119 Charing Cross Road officially closed for the final time on Saturday at 7pm. It is moving down the road to 107 Charing Cross Road and a new flagship store. To celebrate this they are holding a 3 week Grand Opening Festival from 11th June to 5th of Julyclick here for more info.
  • Reading Groups For Everyone is ‘Seeking this year’s Hidden Gems for National Reading Group Day’. You can find out which books and authors have been nominated and vote for your favourite here.
  • On Tor.com Greg Ruth discusses ‘Why Horror is Good For You (and Even Better for Your Kids)’ in which he talks about how horror stories can help us understand the world around us. You can read his article here.

[1] I added the ‘realistic’ to the post because in the comments to the piece Gómez talks about how the book titles she focuses on in her piece are what she considers realistic fiction and that there are more books out there if the definition of adoption is broadened.

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I’m sad that the old Foyles bookstore has finally closed, but at the same time I’m looking forward to having a chance to visit their new one. I’m also toying with the idea of going to YALC but I’m not sure which day to go on as there are some wonderful authors on both days!

No books for me this week.

I would love to hear what you’ve been up to this week and what books, if any, you’ve got so please leave me a link in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by :D

Bout of Books – The End (Day 7 & Wrap-Up)

May 21, 2014 3 comments

This post was due to be posted on the 19th May, so you can tell I am running a little behind.

Day 7

Today was a good day, but . . . it failed on the Bout of Books front. Another day when I got zero pages read. But whilst I’m disappointed I didn’t read, I’m not unhappy. I had a great day with my family instead.

Books Read Today: 0
Pages Read Today: 0
Books Completed: 2 – DANCE OF SHADOWS, EVERNEATH
Total Pages: 711

Wrap-Up

At the beginning of Bout of Books 10 I set myself some goals I wished to achieve, as the finish line of Bout of Books 10 has now been crossed I guess it’s time to see how I did.

First I want to talk about the goals I did achieve. Read at least 100 pages a day. I might not have technically achieved this – as I didn’t read 100 pages every day – BUT I still managed to beat the goal (just) of 700 pages in a week. So I consider this a win! Finish reading DANCE OF SHADOWS by Yelena Black. This was a case of I started this book before Bout of Books and I wanted to finish it. Read at least one other book. And I managed this too. After DANCE OF SHADOWS I picked up and read EVERNEATH. I’m really proud of this, as it’s been a while since I’ve managed to fit two books into my week.

There were only two goals I failed to achieve in Bout of Books 10. I didn’t take part in a Twitter chat. This was mainly due to timing issues. I missed the first chat because it was dinner time, the second chat because I was too tired to stay up until 2am when it started, and the third and final chat I completely forgot about until it was over. I also didn’t participate in a Challenge. I totally meant to do this, it just didn’t happen.

Overall, I am very happy with how Bout of Books 10 went. Although I didn’t achieve all my goals, I don’t think 3 out of 5 is bad.

I am also planning to take part in Bout of Books 11 which will run from August 18th to August 24th. I hope to see you guys there, and I also hope everyone had as much fun with Bout of Books 10 as I did.

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ICYMI Sunday 12 – The one that’s on the final day of Bout of Books 10!

May 18, 2014 1 comment

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) Sunday is a new meme that I am planning to feature on the blog every week. It is based on the Sunday Post  which is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, which was in turn inspired in part by the In My Mailbox meme. Basically, it allows me to let you know what went on the blog this week and anything interesting that is going on. It will also allow me to showcase any books I receive like the Showcase Sunday which is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

So this week I am (hopefully) on time with posting this. I’m writing it Saturday night anyway, so hopefully it will post itself. I’m crossing my fingers that it does anyway.

This week has been jam-packed full of Bout of Books 10, and to be honest I am VERY pleased with my progress. I’ve also managed to not stress myself about it this time around, which yay! :D Cannot believe that today is the final day, but hopefully it will be a good one.

Hope you’ve all had a good week.

On the blog the last couple of weeks:

What else is going on?

  • If you use BookLikes please be aware that the site will be down for a couple of hours on Thursday May 22nd AND some of the BookLikes team will be attending BEA. For more info on both the downtime and the BEA attendance click here.
  • The Second Summer Ninja Book Swap is officially open! Sign-ups are open until Sunday May 25th, and all packages must be sent by Monday June 30th. If you’re interested in taking part you can sign-up here.
  • Neil Gaiman and Georgina Chapman are developing a storytelling project that aims to highlight the Syrian refugee crisis. For more information click here.
  • Julie Kagawa is giving away a signed UK copy of THE FOREVER SONG here.
  • Waterstones Piccadilly is holding ‘An evening with Judy Blume’ in June 3rd at 6.30pm. You can buy tickets here (tickets are £5 or £3 with a Waterstones card).
  • The Guardian’s Children’s Books has a list of what they consider to be the best LGBT books for children, teenagers and YA here.

I haven’t got a lot of news this week, mainly because I have been taking part in Bout of Books. If you think I’ve missed anything important please let me know in the comments.

No books for me this week.

I would love to hear what you’ve been up to this week and what books, if any, you’ve got so please leave me a link in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by :D

Bout of Books – An Off Day (Day 6)

May 18, 2014 5 comments

Day 6.

Today I did not read anything or do anything bout of books related (apart from write this). And you know what? I’m kinda okay with that. I mean, I would have liked to have read 100 pages today, but I’m not disappointed that I didn’t. I just wasn’t in the mood. The sun was out and I wanted to watch one of the T20 games on Sky – I saw Essex beat Middlesex by 8 wickets. It may not have been a good day reading wise, but I did have a brilliant day overall. I hope you had a good sixth day too.

Tomorrow, the final day, I want to read 200 pages. Will I? I’m not too sure, but it will be fun finding out :)

 

Books Read Today: 0
Pages Read Today: 0
Books Completed: 2 – DANCE OF SHADOWS, EVERNEATH
Total Pages: 711

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