Time for a break

Hello.

This isn’t a normal post for me both in terms of content and the fact that it’s going live on a Monday. There have been a few things going on behind the scenes recently, and I’ve been struggling to read books (even ones I’m enjoying) for the last couple of months – so much so that I have been struggling to schedule posts, which is why I’ve been late and missed a couple of weeks. Thank you for sticking with me. In light of this I’ve decided to take a break from the blog until July.

I hope you have a really good June, and I look forward to seeing you in July with more book reviews.

A view from Falmouth, taken in early June.

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Bout of Books 18 Wrap Up

So this post is, to quote, a day late and a dollar short. Or to be more accurate, eleven days late. 🙈 I was supposed to write and post this the Monday after Bout of Books 18 finished. Instead, I’m writing this on a Friday afternoon eleven days late which means I’ll be twelve days late by the time you read this on Saturday. I can only apologise. For some reason January seems to be getting away from me. I am at this moment behind on everything.

So to get back to the point of this post: I’m supposed to be wrapping up my Bout of Books 18 experience…

Doing Bout of Books 18 was a great way to start 2017. It got me into the reading mood, and there was no pressure. It was really nice. ❤️

Between January 2nd and January 8th I managed to read three and a bit books – that’s one thousand one hundred and sixty-eight pages. I was really pleased with this. I could have read more, but reading these three books really helped towards my goal of getting more reviews scheduled for this year.

And although I did not set myself any goal apart from reading, I did manage to take part in the Saturday Twitter Chat (for a while anyway). This was just as much fun as I remembered from previous Bout of Books, and something I highly recommend for anyone taking part to try. It is pure chaos, but such fun!

The books I read during Bout of Books 18.

The books I read during Bout of Books 18.

And to wrap this post up, I thought I’d let you know that Bout of Books 19 is between May 8th and May 14th. You can find more details on the Bout of Books website, and I’m seriously thinking of taking part in it. Thank you so much for reading this far into this rambly, late post – you are awesome! If you haven’t had a chance to check it out you can find my review of Relativity by Antonia Hayes here. And I’ll see you soon with another review.

Status Update!

Hi,

Hopefully if you follow me on my blog The Flutterby Room things will have been posting pretty normally – I actually managed to schedule two posts a week, which I was super happy about. If you follow me on other forms of social media then you may have noticed that I have been pretty much absent for the past month. I feel that I owe you an explanation for this unexpected absence, but I also don’t want to go into too much detail, as the whole point of this blog is to post about the books I’ve read recently and what I thought of them.

Basically, I have a medical condition that flared up badly and I ended up in hospital for ten days. This has meant that I have fallen behind on answering emails – I honestly cannot remember as I write this the last time I logged into my accounts – and just keeping up to date on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms. I am really sorry if I owe you a response, but I am still not one hundred percent. I will do my best to respond to all emails, comments and communication as quickly as I can. In order to keep posting regularly from August 18th I will be reverting to posting one review a week on the blog.

Thank you for your patience,

Becki

Merry Christmas!

Seeing as it’s Christmas Day, I thought I would take this opportunity to wish those of you celebrating a Merry Christmas. To everyone else, whatever you are or are not celebrating I wish you a happy winter break.

This will be my last post on this blog for 2015, but I will resume posting again in the new year. As such I’d just like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

See you in 2016.

 

March Hiatus

It is with regret that I write this post, to announce that The Flutterby Room will be on hiatus throughout March 2015. Taking a break from blogging during this month was not something I had planned, but events have conspired against me. I have a chronic illness, which flared up towards the end of December 2014, and I have been fighting to keep afloat. There will be one more post from me this month; one that I scheduled a while back. It is a review of WILD JUSTICE by Kelley Armstrong and it will go up on the 5th March.

Taking a deep breath and pausing in March will hopefully allow me to catch up with both my reading and write some new blog posts.

I hope you have a good March.

See you on the other side.

Becki

ICYMI Sunday 19 – I’m Ahead

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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 week has been interesting. I applied to two internships and got denied unfortunately, so my job hunt is still continuing. However, I have managed to reach and exceed my GoodReads challenge of 52 books in a year – at last count I have read 55 books this year so far. I managed to fit in 80 books last year, so I’m curious to see where I’ll end up this year.

On the blog the last week:

What else is going on?

  • BuzzFeed posted ’35 Tumblr Posts That Will Make You Reevaluate Your Entire Existence’ which you can find here. It’s quite a profound, and funny, read. So if you’ve got time go and check it out.
  • YouTuber/BookTuber Ariel Bissett talks about her thoughts on the latest YouTube Sexual Abuse scandal here, as well as provide a link to some useful posts if you want to learn more about what’s going on. I thought what she said was quite interesting, though I’m a little sad that the YouTube community is going through such a difficult time at the moment.
  • On Tumblr author Maureen Johnson talks about the proper etiquette people should use when making requests of other people here. I thought her suggestions were very helpful, and something I would follow myself were I brave enough to email an author/publisher…
  • And finally, if you haven’t had the chance to yet you can find both the new US and the new UK covers to the HARRY POTTER series side-by-side here. I think both covers look lovely, and I would like having either on my shelves (though I still have a soft spot for the original UK covers).

Anything new?

As I was nearing the end of my TBR pile, I lifted my book buying ban this week. The following lovely books arrived, and I’m very much looking forward to reading them.

  • Black Dog by Rachel Neumeier [Goodreads]
  • Night’s Honor (Elder Races, 7) by Thea Harrison [Goodreads]
  • Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, 3) by Sarah Rees Brennan [Goodreads]
  • Pure (Covenant, 2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout [Goodreads]
  • Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss, 1) by Nalini Singh [Goodreads]
  • The Queen’s Readers edited by Amanda Diehl and Holly Vaughn [Goodreads]
  • Adorned (Trinity of Souls, 1) by Georgeann Swiger [Goodreads]

Black Dog is a werewolf book that has been sitting on my TBR list for a while, and I’m really curious to see how it turns out as it’s a little different from the usual books. Thea Harrison, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Nalini Singh are on my to buy list so I had to get these books. I’m looking forward to seeing how The Lynburn Legacy concludes – rumours say it will hurt, eek! And I really enjoyed the first book in the Covenant series, so I had to get the second. I’m a bit of a lit geek, so I’m curious to see what the essays in The Queen’s Readers will be like. I also got Adorned for free on Kindle (hence no picture), and I’m quite enjoying it so far.

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 18 – My birthday haul

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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.

Phew! It hasn’t been such a long time since I did one of these posts – just about a month. Things are going well for me at the moment and I had a great birthday, and got some lovely presents. I’m also doing really well on the reading front at the moment, touch wood!!

On the blog the last month-ish:

What else is going on?

No news/links from me this time as I am playing catch-up with blog posts and with new books I’ve received. Sorry guys.

This week are the books I received as presents for my birthday – thank you Mum and Dad, and Aunty Judith and family.

  • VISIONS (CAINSVILLE, 2) by Kelley Armstrong (signed) [Goodreads]
  • FORBIDDEN (OTHERWORLD 10.1) by Kelley Armstrong [Goodreads]
  • BRAZEN (OTHERWORLD, 13.1) by Kelley Armstrong [Goodreads]
  • ODIN’S RAVENS (THE BLACKWELL PAGES, 2) by K. L. Armstrong and M. A. Marr [Goodreads]
  • EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES by Lynne Truss [Goodreads]
  • AUTUMN ROSE (THE DARK HEROINE, 2) by Abigail Gibbs [Goodreads]
  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee [Goodreads]

I am a huge Kelley Armstrong fan, especially her WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD series so I’m really excited to read the two novellas. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD was one of the few books I studied at school that I fell in love with, so I’m really glad to finally get hold of my own copy.

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 17 – Catch-up & Books

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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.

It’s been a while since I did one of these posts. Sorry about that. The past eight weeks have been something of a rollercoaster. I went to YALC back in July on the Saturday and just had a really bad day/time there. It was crowded, badly organised, and the toilet facilities were awful. I’ve also been pretty up and down with illness – starting with that weekend – and it’s only really in the last two-three weeks I’ve really stabilised. I also took part in Bout of Books 11, which was fun and I managed to get a lot of reading done – and back on target with my reviews 🙂

On the blog the last couple of weeks:

What else is going on?

No news/links from me this time as I am playing catch-up with blog posts and with new books I’ve received. Sorry guys.

This week there are quite a few books, but it covers almost two months worth of books.

These are the books I got from YALC/Waterstones Piccaddilly/Forbidden Planet:

  • THE INCOMPLETE BOOK OF DRAGONS by Cressida Cowell
  • SHIELD OF WINTER by Nailini Singh
  • LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
  • THE IRON TRAITOR by Julie Kagawa
  • THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa
  • TAKE BACK THE SKIES by Lucy Sazon
  • FROZEN by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnson
  • WORLD AFTER by Susan Ee
  • WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart

I got this book from BookBridgr:

  • HALF-BLOOD by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I got these books from Windmill Books (one’s for a friend):

  • The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

I got this from Waterstone Piccaddilly:

  • SILVER SHADOWS by Richelle Mead

I won this from Scholastic UK on Twitter:

  • TO AL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han

Currently these books make up my complete physical TBR pile and I’m really looking forward to reading all of them 🙂

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 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)

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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