Thursday, November 27, 2014

Stuff and things and overexcitement

I've been more than a little absent around here this month. But there's a pretty good reason for it - I've been busy writing 52,000+ words for NaNoWriMo. So I figured seeing as how it's the end of the month, I'd update you on a few things!



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What's new with you guys?

K xx

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

TTT - Books on my Summer TBR

It's time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

I have a massive TBR pile next to my bed at the moment, but about half of them are rereads that I want to try and knock off before the end of the year. Still, summer starts in a week, so here are ten books that I really want to read over the next couple of months.

1. Every Word - Ellie Marney
This one is already sitting on my Kindle and I'm basically sitting on my hands to stop myself from reading it immediately. Because I know if I read it now, I won't be able to survive until March when book 3 comes out. So I'm going to try my utmost to hold out until January before I read this. Even though it might kill me... 

2. Dark Triumph - Robin LaFevers
Another one that's waiting on my Kindle. But I need to finish my library books first before I dive back into the amazing world of assassin nuns! 

3. The Piper's Son - Melina Marchetta
I absolutely ADORED Saving Francesca, and I was shocked when I found out recently that there was a sequel. I must read it immediately. 

4. Afterworlds - Scott Westerfeld
I've heard somewhat mixed things about this book, but the story within a story idea is pretty awesome, and I really need to check it out for myself.

5. Made for You - Melissa Marr
I've been LOVING young adult thrillers of late, and this one sounds pretty fabulous. 

6. Breaking the Rules - Katie McGarry
Two more weeks. TWO MORE WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKS.

7. A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia Gray
I picked up a copy of this yesterday, and I can't wait to read it. You know, once I'm done with my library books...

8. The Shadow Cabinet - Maureen Johnson
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, and the ending of the second one was pretty "WHAAAAAAAAT????"-worthy, so I'm pretty excited about reading book 3 early next year.

9. Masquerade - Kylie Fornasier
This one's been floating around my TBR list ever since it came out, and I really need to finally get hold of a copy and read it because it sounds FABULOUS. 

10. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride - Cary Elwes
I've seen a few people complaining about how this is just him telling random stories about things that happened on the set of The Princess Bride, and I'm all "WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU THAT SOUNDS AMAZING AND I NEED IT LIKE I NEED OXYGEN." So yeah. I want to read this book ASAP. 

What's on your list?

K xx

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TTT - Sequels I Can't Wait to Get My Hands On

It's time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

Oh, sequels. Sequels are both the joy and the bane of my existence. Joy because "OMG I GET TO READ ABOUT THESE CHARACTERS AGAIN!!". Bane because "WHY IS THE RELEASE DATE SO FAR AWAY WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY????". So yeah. Here are ten sequels that I'm dying to read.

1. Book 4 of the Throne of Glass series - Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire was the most amazing book of ever. And waiting until this time next year for the as-yet-untitled book 4 is going to make me cry millions of tears of frustration. This is why I like discovering series AFTER they end. Because there's no waiting. 

2. Book 3 of The Lovegrove Legacy - Alyxandra Harvey
Whisper the Dead was absolutely brilliant and full of squee-tastic moments. And I can't wait to get my hands on book 3 and all the inevitable Penelope/Cedric squees that will come along with it. 

3. Winter - Marissa Meyer
I devoured Cress in like 24 hours earlier this year and I cannot wait to see how Meyer ties up this series in book 4. 

4. Manners & Mutiny - Gail Carriger
I basically just read Waistcoats & Weaponry. It hasn't even been two weeks since I finished it. And I'm already desperately hoping that the publication date of this one gets pushed up by almost a year because I NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED IT. 

5. Every Word - Ellie Marney
Okay, so this one's sort of cheating because I already have it on my Kindle. But I'm forcing myself to wait as long as is humanly possible. I devoured Every Breath in less than 24 hours and loved every single second of it. Seriously. One of the best books I've read this year. And knowing that book 3 doesn't come out until March, I feel like I need to wait a while before reading this one so that the gap between books isn't QUITE as insufferable. 

6. Lair of Dreams - Libba Bray
I'm fairly certain this book is the bane of my existence. The publication date has been pushed back and pushed back and pushed back to the point where I'm not entirely convinced that it's ever actually going to be published. Seriously. It was originally meant to be out in March 2014. Then April. Then August. At the moment, it's early April 2015. I'll believe it when I see it. 

7. The Boy Most Likely To - Huntley Fitzpatrick
I ADORED My Life Next Door, and I desperately want to read the sequel. Desperately. Give it to me now, dammit!! *grabby hands*

8. Breaking the Rules - Katie McGarry
Three more weeks. THREE MORE WEEKS. I'm insanely excited about this book, even though we know that Noah and Echo get their happy ending from other books in the series. Don't care. Want. 

9. Mr. Kiss and Tell - Rob Thomas
Okay, I LOVED the Veronica Mars novel that came out earlier this year. It was really fun to see one of my favourite characters on the page, and follow on from the events of the Veronica Mars movie. So I'm pretty excited about this one. 

10. Hidden Huntress - Danielle L. Jensen
I really enjoyed Stolen Songbird, though I had some niggling questions about the world building. So I'm looking forward to the sequel so that I can find out what happens next and hopefully get a few of those pesky questions answered!

What's on your list?

K xx

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

TTT - Secondary Characters Who Need Their Own Books

It's time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

This week's topic is secondary characters who need their own books, and OH MY GOD THERE ARE SO MANY. So many fabulous characters who I desperately want to know the stories behind. SO. MANY. 

I think you get the idea. 

1. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling)
What I want here is oddly specific. I want a book about Hermione's seventh year at Hogwarts, the year when Ron and Harry weren't there and she actually got to study and form friendships and all the rest of it without being one of the Golden Trio. Basically, I want to see Hermione being a character in her own right. 

2. Reagan (Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell)
There are literally no words for how much I adore Reagan. She's sassy and confident and fabulous. And OH MY GOD I WANT HER TO NARRATE AN ENTIRE BOOK. So much. So, so much.

3. Calliope Bell (Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins)
Okay, so this is another one that's weirdly specific. Basically, I want a book in which Calliope goes to the Winter Olympics and meets a hot snowboarder, and she's all "NO. THIS IS HORRIBLY INCONVENIENT BECAUSE I NEED TO WIN OLYMPIC GOLD" and he's all "Just go with the flow, yo" and she's all snippy and then he helps her relax enough that she doesn't choke up and she wins and they fall in love and squees happen. 

4. Chaol (Throne of Glass series - Sarah J. Maas)
I feel a little bit like this one's cheating, seeing as chunks of Heir of Fire were from his perspective. But I mean, seriously. He's Captain of the Guard and he's in his early 20s. WE NEED TO KNOW THAT STORY, DAMMIT. 

5. Magwitch (Great Expectations - Charles Dickens)
I really want to know about the stuff that happens in between Magwitch meeting Pip in the graveyard and Magwitch becoming Pip's insanely rich benefactor. But, like, written by Dickens. I'm sure someone's probably written this story. But it wouldn't be anywhere near as magical as it would be if it was written by Dickens. 

6. Monty Overbove (Wilfair series - Alysia Gray Painter)
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore Fair and Gomery and everything about them. I ship it forever and ever and ever. But I reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally want a book from Monty's perspective in which he gets to make movies and generally be the next big thing in Hollywood. (Ahem, Alysia? Feel free to write this for me at any time. Kthxbai)

7. Bertha Rochester (Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte)
Okay, I know that Wide Sargasso Sea is a thing. But much like the Magwitch entry on this list, I want the story written by Bronte, not by Jean Rhys. 

8. Curran Lennart (Kate Daniels series - Ilona Andrews)
I love the crap out of Curran, and I really want a detailed version of his backstory. I want all the backstory. ALL. OF. IT. And yes, I know that there are a couple of, like, 20 page ebooks filled with a series of scenes from Curran's point of view. IT'S NOT ENOUGH. 

9. Cheery Littlebottom (Discworld series - Terry Pratchett)
Look, I just really want a dwarf-narrated book, and Cheery would be pretty damned magical. Especially given that she's one of the first openly female dwarves. Oh yes. 

10. Abby (Pushing the Limits series - Katie McGarry)
Seriously, how do we not have a book about Abby yet?? She's been floating around in the background for most of the series now, and she's a pretty great character. Surely it's time that she gets her own book, right?? 

What's on your list?

K xx

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien

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The first time I read The Lord of the Rings, I was about thirteen and I remember thinking that it went on foreeeeeeeeeeeeeever and that there were big chunks of it that could easily be taken out without damaging the story. The second time I read the series was after Return of the King came out at the movies, and I was really confused about the fact that certain events that happen in the first movie do NOT happen in the first book etc etc.

This time, the third time around, I read one or two chapters a night and savoured the book over the course of several weeks. And I loved it. There were still moments where I was like "Tolkien, dude, get on with it", but for the most part, those were few and far between.

I'm not going to bother giving a basic recap of the story, because unless you've been living under a rock for the past million years, you know the basics, whether it be from reading the books, seeing the movies, or suffering through endless memes about not passing or walking into Mordor.

I was a little surprised by how long certain events take to happen. It takes over 100 pages - almost a fifth of the book - for Frodo to even leave Bag End, and over 200 pages for the hobbits to reach Bree. Which doesn't mean that the stuff that happens in those 200 pages isn't good. Some of it is FABULOUS, especially the stuff involving Tom Bombadil and I'm now irrationally angry that he was left out of the movies because he's utterly brilliant. And the inclusion of a barrow-wight was rather unexpected but added a fantastic tone of creepiness to a book that's often just a bunch of blokes wandering about the landscape*.

Really, my only gripe would be the songs. I know they generally add history and depth to Middle-Earth, but did we REALLY need two full pages dedicated to Frodo's version of Hey Diddle Diddle?? I think not. But a Tolkien book without songs or poems is like an un-iced cupcake: sad and a little bit pointless. Especially when the non-Hey Diddle Diddle songs give us such perfect lines as "Not all those who wander are lost" and "Home is behind, the world ahead" (which never fails to make me tear up when Billy Boyd sings it in Return of the King).

Basically, it was amazing from start to finish. There's a lot of build up for events that happen in the second and third books, but it never feels like Tolkien's saving all the action for further down the track. The characters are brilliant, and Tolkien's passion for the world he's created shines throughout. I don't think anyone on the face of the earth has ever put as much depth and history and attention to detail into their world-building as Tolkien did. I mean, he invented MULTIPLE LANGUAGES, for crying out loud. So yes. Fabulous world-building, fabulous characters, fabulous story telling, general fabulousness throughout.

Onwards to The Two Towers!

Have you read it? What did you think? And do you wish Tom Bombadil was included in the movies too??

K xx

*May contain hyperbole. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

I had plans for writing my usual weekly update on my trip today. But somehow the day disappeared into a time sucking black hole and now it's 10.15pm and I have to go to work tomorrow, so writing a proper blog post seems way too much like hard work right now. So instead, I'll just tell you that I broke 10,000 words in NaNoWriMo, which is further than I ever thought I'd get. High five, self. High five.
So. What's new with you guys?

K xx

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

TTT - Books I Want to Reread (but am restraining myself over)

It's time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

Today's topic is technically just "books I want to reread", but I've been working on doing a lot of rereading this year because I really want to end up that I've written reviews for all the books I have marked as read on Goodreads. Which basically means that I've been working on rereading books that I haven't read in a million years. This means the books I love and have read over and over in the past are languishing by the wayside. BUT I CAN'T READ THEM AGAIN BECAUSE THEY ALREADY HAVE REVIEWS, DAMMIT. 

You see my dilemma. 

So I changed this week's topic a little to be the books I've already reviewed (and, in some cases, already read this year!) but still really want to read again.

1. Persuasion - Jane Austen
My favourite Austen book forever and ever and ever. I usually read it annually, but not this year. I'm planning on rereading and reviewing Northanger Abbey before the end of the year, so poor old Persuasion has fallen by the wayside. Womp womp.

2. Carpe Jugulum - Terry Pratchett
Hands down my favourite Pratchett book. The characters are amazing, the story is phenomenal, and my copy is signed. But I have so many unreviewed Pratchett books to get through before I can reread this. Sigh.

3. The Parasol Protectorate series - Gail Carriger
Oh my God, I adore everything about this series. And I reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally want to reread them all. For the meantime, I'm surviving on the Finishing School series, and the endless wait for the Custard Protocol series. 

4. Attachments - Rainbow Rowell
I've already read this once this year, so I should have had my fill of this one. But nope. Never. Must read again ASAP. 

5. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
This one falls into the same category as Persuasion. It's been a favourite since I first had to read it for school in 1998, and I tend to reread it every year. But this year, there are far too many other things to reread to make time for Jane. Especially when I need to reread Villette and The Professor

6. Fairwil - Alysia Gray Painter
Technically, this one isn't even out yet. I beta read it for Alysia earlier in the year, and I WANT TO READ IT AGAIN SO BADLY BECAUSE IT WAS SO STINKING CUTE AND FEELSY AND I LOVE ALL THE CHARACTERS SO MUCH. You and me have a date on New Year's Day, book. 

7. The Throne of Glass series - Sarah J. Maas
I've read all of the books in this series so far this year, and yet I want to read them again and again and again. I foresee a full series reread before book 4 comes out next year.

8. Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
I really want to reread this one, because I loved it so, so much. But I'm not sure my feels could take it. Not without massive doses of medicinal ice cream, anyway.

9. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
This has been a really polarising book for so many people, and I really want to reread it when I'm not on a plane/jetlagged to see if my opinion of it changes. I also want to reread it having seen the film and compare the two. 

10. The Chaos Walking trilogy - Patrick Ness
I tend to forget that I even own these books, because they're somewhere in the depths of my Kindle. But mostly I think I'm holding off on these ones because I'm not quite sure I can cope with reading about certain events again (MANCHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE).

Are you holding off on rereading anything?

K xx
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