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June 2016

TBR Tuesdays

TBR Tuesdays

TBR Tuesdays are all about raking through my pile of books that I am yet to read and making a little ‘feature’ of them. My TBR pile is getting higher and higher and I find myself with less and less time to read them which is a nightmare. Hopefully this series of posts will lessen my guilt of having not read them yet!

#1 Truthwitch (The Withclands #1) by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch cover

There were a few things that drew me to this book, the first of which is the cover, I mean, how bloody awesome is this cover?! Its gorgeous! Wanna know what’s even better?! The alternative covers!

Truthwitch cover US truthwitch alternative

The story behind the novel sounds super intriguing and I have promised myself that I WILL read this book soon!

#2 Those Above (The Empty Throne #1) by Daniel Polansky

Those Above

This book just sounds fantastic! This is the blurb;

‘They enslaved humanity three thousand years ago. Tall, strong, perfect, superhuman and near immortal they rule from their glittering palaces in the eternal city in the centre of the world. They are called Those Above by their subjects. They enforce their will with fire and sword.

Twenty five years ago mankind mustered an army and rose up against them, only to be slaughtered in a terrible battle. Hope died that day, but hatred survived. Whispers of another revolt are beginning to stir in the hearts of the oppressed: a woman, widowed in the war, who has dedicated her life to revenge; the general, the only man to ever defeat one of Those Above in single combat, summoned forth to raise a new legion; and a boy killer who rises from the gutter to lead an uprising in the capital.’

Now tell me that doesn’t sound like the most awesome thing you’re ever going to read! I can’t wait to properly get my teeth into this book and review the hell out of it!

These are just two of the books currently sitting on my TBR pile and there are many more, as you’ll come to see.

Has anyone read these books yet? (I’m guessing it’ll be a resounding ‘YES’) If so, let me know and send me a link to any review you know of 🙂

Thanks for taking time out of your day/night to read ‘TBR Tuesdays’ 🙂 and, as always, please share and share alike 😀

Danny

 

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Book Buying Habits Tag

Good Morning and a happy Monday 🙂

I was tagged by Jesse over at Books at Dawn to give the Book Buying Habits Tag a go, and after reading the categories, I thought it was something I could get my teeth into. So here i am, chowing down!

My Habits

Where do you buy your books from?

I tend to buy my books in physical form, usually paperback but sometimes I’ll splash out and buy a hardback. I shop at;

Waterstone’s

Amazon

The Works

Any charity shop I find and any independent bookseller that I stumble upon.

Do you ever pre-order books and if so do you do this in store or online?

I do sometimes pre-order books but only when they are in my ‘Top 5’ authors or series. For example, I have pre-ordered Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This was also a great deal as the books are half price if pre-ordered. That’s something else that can encourage me to pre-order a book, by getting it cheaper! I have no preference where I pre-order my books, a lot of the time it is easier online as most of my favourite authors are based i the US and UK bookstores don’t advertise this facility/opportunity.

On average, how many books do you buy a month?

Oooh, quite a few (I’m always being warned by my wife that we “don’t have enough room’ for them), I seem to find myself gravitating towards bookstores and other little shops that sell books when I am out and about. I would say that I usually buy between 6-12 books per month but this can change if I find myself (inadvertently of course) in a bookstore.

Do you use your local library?

In one word, no. I don’t feel great about the fact I don’t use my library but I just find it such an inconvenience. The genre of book I read is not heavily featured and I am not patient enough to wait for it to be ordered in. I will just buy a book if I really want to read it. Not a great attitude I know but…..

What is your opinion on library books?

Honestly, I think they’re great, I love the fact that they cater for children and give them the opportunity to read, also, the older generation are able to visit their local library and pick up a lot of books that they like to read. They just don’t work for me is all.

How do you feel about second hand books?

Love, love, love! I thrive on second hand books and will always grab myself a bargain whenever I find one. I love the fact that great stories can be passe don to those who can’t/won’t fork out around £10 for a new book.

Do you keep your TBR pile on your main bookshelves or no?

If only I was that organised! No, I don’t keep my TBR pile on a bookshelf, I do, however, tend to keep them together, which is something at least. All e-copies that I receive for review are kept on my desktop and my kindle (as well as input into my review organising spreadsheet, how very mature of me!).

Do you plan to read all of the books you own?

Erm… yes? I would like to be able to read every book in the world but, alas, that is not to be! I don’t think I will ever read every book that I own but I know that I will give it a bloody good go!

What do you do with books you feel you will never read/did not enjoy?

Share and share alike. If I feel that I’m not enjoying a book then I will pass this on to somebody else. I have friends that read a similar genre to me and my brother has an almost identical taste in genre so he’ll be the first recipient of a book that I couldn’t read.

Have you ever donated books?

Yup. I have multiple copies of The Night Angel Trilogy as well as certain GOT novels so they will be donated (or as part of a giveaway) soon.

Have you ever been on a book buying ban?

A book buyin… I can’t even comprehend this sentence. Is this a thing? In actual fact, I have been on sort of a ban, that being I had to reduce the amount of books I buy because I had nowhere t put them. I still bought books however, I don’t think I could stop myself fully.

Do you feel that you buy too many books?

Again, ‘too many books’ is not a phrase I am familiar with. I could never buy too many books, I mean, I am converting my loft into a library and that needs filling with books. I will always find a reason to buy books and will never have too many.

 

Phew, that’s a weight off my shoulders, all of my book buying habits are laid bare for all to see. And, to be honest, I don’t think I’m that bad *crosses fingers and hopes for agreement*.

Tagabunchabloggers

I saw another blogger (I can’t remember who, I’ll have ti try and find out) choose the bloggers to tag by going through his recent follower, commenter and notifications feed and I loved the idea. So…

Most recent follower: Cassidy over at An Abundance of Fiction

Most recent commenter: Maddalena at Space and Sorcery

Most recent ‘liker’: Candace at Literary Dust

If you have done this before then don’t worry about it, It is seriously fun though, don’t you think?

 

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed sifting through my dirty laundry *ahem*.

 

Danny 🙂

 

Fantasy Fridays – Week #1

Fantasy Fridays – Week #1

Fantasy Fridays is all about celebrating the wonderful world of fantasy! The fantasy genre has given us LOTR, GOT and a lot of other books/series of books that are now well known acronyms. Fantasy is my go-to genre, it always has been and probably always will be, I started reading Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series when I was young and I haven’t looked back since.

What I love about fantasy is that anything can happen and all imagination can be explored. From orcs to magicians, from kleptomaniac dwarves to dragons, fantasy has it all. It has many sub-genres including epic fantasy, high fantasy and urban fantasy. There are no limitations to the imagination or the written word and fantasy should be championed.

During my Fantasy Fridays, I will talk about the books that brought me to the genre and ensured that I continued to read it.

First up is ‘Beyond the Deepwoods’ (part of the Edge Chronicles) by Paul Stewart and illustrated by Chris Riddell. The Edge Chronicles are a series of books set in the Edge world. They contain various fantastical characters and beautiful illustrations. The stories are rich and varied and contain lots of action and a great deal of morality tales. I love the Edge Chronicles and will be passing my books on to my children for them to enjoy.

The illustrations in the Edge Chronicles are brilliant and here are a few examples:

Sanctaphrax - Edge Skyshipmapgalerider - Edge Undertown - Edge

The Edge world is one that is rich and vibrant, dark and mysterious, but always fun and well worth a read. There is magic, weather-casting and a fantastic industry scene that comes to life as you read on. The characters are really easy to fall for and you find yourself fully immersed in their world.

Here are the links if you’re interested in the books.

amazon waterstones-logobarnes-and-noble-logo

Have you ever read the Edge Chronicles? Let me know? What are your favourite fantasy illustrations?

Thank you for reading, I hope that you enjoyed it in all of its briefness 🙂

Danny

Wizarding Wednesdays – Week 1

Wizarding Wednesdays – Week 1

Harry Potter and alliteration (no, that’s not a new book) are two of my loves in this world, geeky right? So I thought, why not create a recurring post that incorporates both of these things?! Done. Wizarding Wednesdays is all about wizards and their worlds, from Harry Potter to Bayaz. Wizarding Wednesdays is also way for me to revisit my favourite wizarding worlds and find little quotes and facts that I find super interesting (and you might too) and put them down in a bi-weekly post. Also, how about a fact thrown in for good measure?! Ok, fine, you can have two facts!

First up, it’s my favourite wizarding world, from the mind of JK Rowling. And here are two little facts for you…

Sanpe fact week 1

classroom fact - week 1

This is a beautiful quote and one of my all-time favourites!

Harry and Dumbledore Quote

I do hope you’ve enjoyed this little foray into the wizarding world of Harry Potter, I know I did. Please comment and let me know any of your favourite quotes from the Harry Potter books 🙂

As ever, thank you for reading and using your precious time to lay an eye on my published thoughts. And please, if you could, share this post on your social media channel of choice 🙂 That’s all, from Wizarding Wednesdays – Week 1.

 

Danny

 

GIVEAWAY – WE HAVE A WINNER!

Giveaway – We Have A Winner!

I undertook the draw this morning to determine who the winner of the giveaway for ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ by Seth Grahame-Smith would be. And the winner is (drumroll please)… It’s Emma, from over at damppebbles! Well done 🙂 I have emailed you with confirmation of this.

I would just like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who entered the giveaway, it has inspired me to do more in the future! Some will be sent directly from me while others will be sent from authors and from Fetch Publicity.

When I decide to do a giveaway (this will probably be monthly) I will first post a poll with a selection of books up for grabs and whichever book gets the most votes will be the one to be given away. Does that sound fair?

My giveaways in the future will have some kind of ‘task’ attached to them *strokes chin menacingly*. For example, it might be that I would like the entrants to write a 300 words story inspired by a certain prompt, or it may just be that you give me a follow, we’ll see 🙂

For now though,  a big congratulations to Emma, and the hugest of thank yous to everyone who read, entered and shared the giveaway!!

Danny

Minimalist Mondays – A 50 Word Book Review of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Minimalist Mondays – A 50 word Book Review of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

‘Minimalist Mondays’ are exactly what they say on the tin, they are reviews of books that are 50 words or less. Every other Monday (starting today) I will post a micro-review of my favourite books. I decided to do this for a number of reasons; 1) I have loads of books on my ‘read’ pile that I haven’t got the time to go back through and write a full review for and thought that this would be a cool way to review them. 2) it gives me another reason to rake through my library cluttered book closet and find books that I have not picked up in a while. 3) I literally love literary-themed alliteration.

Accompanying every post will be a minimalist poster of the book (or, if I can’t find one, a cool alternative image or fan art of the book) with a link to where I found the image.

These reviews may seem reductive in nature, but hey, that’s the point. I’m not doing this to ‘reduce’ the book per se, it’s just a bit of fun – hopefully, if I manage to review them in only 50 words! With that said, let’s crack on…

50 words start…NOW!

Orphan boy lives in a cupboard under the stairs. Learns he’s a wizard then meets a giant, joins Hogwarts, makes friends and hunts for the Philosopher’s stone. He plays a giant game of chess, Voldemort appears on back of a man’s head, looks in a mirror, the Stone is destroyed.

Phew, that was not easy, but it was fun! I love the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and when I found this at the back of the shelf I just had to try and review it.

The Cover

I found this poster on Pinterest and I thought it looked fantastic! This was designed by Craig Anthony Wintin – well done to you sir!

What did you think? Could you do any better? Which book would you most like to try and review in 50 words or less? Let me know. I would also greatly appreciate it if you shared this on any social media channel of your choosing 🙂

As ever, thank you for reading, I appreciate you precious time

 

Danny 😀

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Giveaway – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Thanks to Emma over at Fetch Publicity, I have a brand spanking new hardback copy the New York Times best-selling novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, to give away. This is to celebrate the release of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on digital 20th June, and DVD 27th of June, available at Amazon.

The book blurb;

‘Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read’

To be in for a chance of winning a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, all you need to do is fill in the contact form below with your name, and your email address, and you’re in! The winner will be chosen at random on 21.06.2016 and I will email them directly with a request for their address. If you do not want to disclose your address, that’s fine, I may be able to arrange a drop off at a local shady park bench where we can sit with bowler hats on and pass it under our rolled up newspapers. No, seriously, if you don’t want to disclose our address that’s fine, but you won’t be able to receive a copy.

FYI, this give-away is in conjunction with Fetch Publicity and your details will be passed to them (and only them!) should you win.

Good  luck!

Book Review – False Prophet (A Saul Marshall Thriller 1) by Richard Davis

False Prophet by Richard Davis

*I received a copy of this book form the author in exchange for an honest review*

The book blurb;

‘When a rogue cult turns deadly, the FBI call on former conman Agent Saul Marshall. Marshall is soon drawn into a cat and mouse chase with the leader of the cult, Ivan Drexler. As the scale of Drexler’s terrorist ambition becomes ever clearer, news arrives that he has taken Marshall’s son hostage. Removed from the line of duty, he must work alone, off-grid.’

Click to see full review

Book Review – My Girl by Jack Jordan

My Girl by Jack Jordan

*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

The book blurb;

‘Paige Dawson: the mother of a murdered child and wife to a dead man.

She has nothing left to live for… until she finds her husband’s handgun hidden in their house.

Why did Ryan need a gun? What did he know about their daughter’s death?

Desperate for the truth, Paige begins to unearth her husband’s secrets.

But she has no idea who she is up against, or that her life isn’t hers to gamble – she belongs to me.

Click to read full review

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