Category: Books

Fiction Friday: Five Reasons I Always Carry a Book With Me

I love the Kindle app so much that I have it downloaded on both my tablet and my phone. It’s a super-easy way to always have a book with me and I love always having a book to read. Here are some of the reasons why I always carry a book with me:

5 Reasons Why I Always Carry a Book With Me

 

1) To cure boredom: I love that when I’m bored all I have to do is open the Kindle app and voila, instant entertainment. I have atleast twenty unread books so there’s always something to read.

 

2) To escape into another world: I love being able to escape into a bookish universe whenever it suits me. I can visit Hogwarts on the way home from campus or spend a few minutes in Creepy Hollow while my mum is shopping for groceries.

 

3) To help deal with my stress: I get stressed so easily it’s ridiculous. Reading usually calms me down which is why I always carry my tablet (longer battery life) to campus.

 

4) To get away from social gatherings: Loud crowds of people make me anxious. It’s less noticeable to sneak in a few words every now and then (people always have their phones with them) instead of sitting with an actual paperback (which then prompts the “why are you being so anti-social” conversation?”)

 

5) To make progress with my reviews: One cannot be a book reviewer without reviewing books and one can’t review books without, you know, actually reading the books. Reading on the Kindle app every chance I get allows me to make significant progress on the books I’m supposed to be reviewing.

Do you carry a book every place you go? Do you prefer print books or ebooks?

Bookmail is the Best Mail

I got a wonderful delivery from Pan Macmillan today and I just couldn’t wait to share.

 

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

 

It’s “Heartless” by Marissa Meyer! I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I read the extract included in “Stars Above” (so from sometime in Feb). I’m especially thrilled with the cover which is the exact cover that I had been intending to buy. I can’t wait to start reading this. For those of you who don’t know, “Heartless” tells the story of the Queen of Hearts before she became Queen. Apparently she was an ordinary girl (idk. She’s always seem kinda crazy to me). Marissa Meyer has such incredible writing and even her villains are so human you can’t help but sympathise with them. I’m sure that this is going to be a mind-blowing book.

10 Incredible Books On My Wishlist

I usually read ebooks more often than print. It’s cheaper, I read ebooks faster than print and I can read ebooks literally anywhere. However reading ebooks that are amazing usually means I want a print copy of that book and I end up with a wishlist that is a mile-long. Here are ten amazing reads that I would gladly give up a limb for:

10 Incredible Books on My Wishlist

 

1) With Malice by Eileen Cook: With Malice is such a gripping read. I read an ARC months before the book released and was so impatient for its release. If you read one book this year it should be this one.
2) It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover: I’m a huge fan of Colleen’s work but this was definitely her best work so far. I desperately want a print copy of this book.
3) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas: I loved this book because it was such a unique spin on the story of Beauty and The Beast. This world-building was also especially good.
UPDATE: I placed an order for this book and well as the sequel and I can’t wait *squeals*
4) Stars Above by Marissa Meyer: I enjoyed my time in the Lunar Chronicles world and this book was a perfect addition to the series. I still have difficulty choosing which story was my favourite (can it be all?)
5) Recoil by Joanne Macgregor: This is a really well-written dystopian fiction and I’m in love with the Irish heart-throb from here.
6) Refuse by Joanne Macgregor: Refuse is like Recoil on steroids. Also there’s far more romance (as well as corruption and secrets. This book makes me giddy. You never know who to trust).
7) A Faerie’s Secret by Rachel Morgan: I actually am more in love with the second part of Rachel Morgan’s Creepy Hollow series than I was with the first. In this series as well, there’s deception and secrets. Obviously that’s my go-to for good fiction.
8) The List by Siobhan Vivian: I wish this book had been part of a series. It was soo good. I once found a paperback copy in a bookstore (for a really high price) and I couldn’t stop fangirling.
9) Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts: okay I have no idea why I’m so obsessed with this series when it’s nothing Nora Roberts hasn’t done before. A group of very different people gather together to fight against an ancient evil. What I really liked here was that it’s clear that these people don’t get along and all have secrets from one another. Not even the reader is told what these secrets are which really adds to the mystery of the characters.
10) The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: this book has everything you didn’t know you wanted from a novel. A mysterious male, a kickass female character and a curse that makes it impossible for the two of them to be together. Also the cover is to die for. Want want want!
What books are on your wishlist? I’d love to know.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen (Brooklyn Bruisers #1)

Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers, #1)Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been stalking this book ever since I read an extract on Netgalley. I’m pleased to say that the actual book exceeded my expectations. Georgia and Leo were first loves and high school sweethearts. But then something happened that tore them apart. Years later neither of them are over it and the connection between them is as intense as ever.I loved this book. I’m a huge fan of Sarina Bowen’s writing and I love that her characters are always so real. This novel is no exception. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series. I’ve gotten really attached to these characters. They’re all so lively and fun. I think all romance fans should read this book.

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Release Day Review: The Trouble With Falling by Rachel Morgan (The Trouble Series #4)

The Trouble with Falling (The Trouble Series, #4)The Trouble with Falling by Rochelle Morgan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I reviewed an advance review copy of this book in return for my honest review.
I was so thrilled to finally read this book. I’ve been waiting for this book to release since last December and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Sophie has sworn off love after her last relationship went bad. She has feelings for her online friend, Lex but it doesn’t matter since she and him will never meet. Or will they? As Sophie and Lex grow closer, Sophie meets Caleb. Caleb is the best man for her sister’s wedding and he is annoyingly happy all the time. Caleb’s bright friendly personality is the exact opposite of Sophie’s sarcastic, not-always-polite nature. As they’re forced to spend time together Sophie starts to develop feelings for Caleb while Lex suggests that he and Sophie meet.
My favourite part of this book was that I knew how it would end. Rachel Morgan’s books always have a twist and it delighted me to no end that I managed to figure it out. The actual ending was a bit predictable to me but I loved it nonetheless. I found the character of Sophie easy to relate to. Unfortunately since I saw so much of myself in Sophie I ended up hating Caleb’s happy nature. (Seriously dude, why are you always happy? Are you eating Happy Pills for breakfast?) I thought Caleb made a great love interest for Sophie especially since they were so different. I loved how Lex’s character was pretty well-developed even when he was a million miles away and all the you could see of him was his messages to Sophie.
This book captures perfectly the delights and chaos that occurs when family come together especially during the magical time of a wedding (am I the only one who finds weddings magical? Coz I really liked the way the wedding festivities were done in this book). This book was well-written and I loved seeing characters from previous books. However I wish I had seen more of Adam from The Trouble With Flirting. I don’t know if this is the last book in the series or not but I really want to see more of these characters. This book was sweet but left a hole in my heart when it ended. I think all fans of contemporary romance fiction should try reading this series.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Tis the Season by Jennifer Gracen (The Harrisons #3)

'Tis the Season (The Harrisons, #3)‘Tis the Season by Jennifer Gracen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I already saw sparks flying between Charles and his nanny in the previous Harrison book (Someone Like You) so I was really looking forward to reading this book. Charles and Lisette have an explosive (and accidental) night of passion. They both swear it would never happen again but neither of them can move past it. I really enjoying the way the relationship between Charles and Lisette developed as well as seeing the other Harrisons again. I thought Charles and Lisette’s attempt to return to normalcy after their “mistaken night” was a colossal waste of both their time and mine. Um, hello. You have seriously hot chemistry. Do something about it. I absolutely adored both these characters and this book. I really hope that there’s going to be another Harrison novel. I can’t get enough of this family. This book was incredibly well-written. The plot was a bit predictable but I enjoyed every second of it. My only issue was that I found the character of Charles’ ex-wife to be rather flat and uninteresting. I also wish there was more of a resolution with Charles Harrison Senior. The guy is a dick who desperately needs to be put in his place. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance. This book can be read alone but it would be great to binge-read the entire series all at once.

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5 Tips to Help You Save Space on Your Bookshelf

Every bookworm knows how difficult it is to find space for books. Here are my tips to save space on your bookshelf so that you can buy books without worrying about where you’re going to keep them:

1) Store your books horizontally- I don’t know the science or logic behind this but somehow I can store more books horizontally than vertically. If you don’t mind not having access to some books (ie, the ones at the bottom of the pile), stack your books horizontally.

2) Utilise the space near your ceiling- if you have space near your ceiling you should be able to store books there as well.

3) Mix and match genres- I would love to have a shelf dedicated solely to one author or genre. Unfortunately I cannot afford that space or cost. Instead my shelves consist of “read” and “unread” books which are then divided into sections depending on genre. This makes it easier for me to find the book I need while still using as little space as possible.

4) Get rid of books you don’t need/read- yes this option hurts me as well but think of how much joy your books could bring to someone else. I usually donate my books to a charity where they sell it. It’s a win-win. Someone buys your books and you’re supporting a good cause.

5) Play book tetris- books come in different sizes so you sometimes an unusual gap in your shelf can be used to store a book (or three).

What tips do you use to save space on your shelves? I’d love to know.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Legendary Lord by Valerie Bowman (Playful Brides #6)

The Legendary Lord (Playful Brides, #6)The Legendary Lord by Valerie Bowman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I binge-read the first three books in this series earlier on this year and really enjoyed myself. However I still struggle to identify the characters as there as so many (maybe it’s time for a brush-up of the series?) At first I had no idea who Christian Berkeley was. Eventually his title sounded familiar but I still couldn’t remember him from previous books. This annoyed me to no end but I tried not to let it spoil the book for me.
Christian Berkeley is a viscount who stutters and is uncomfortable in social situations. When he comes across Sarah Highgate, a runaway who was once the belle of the season they strike a deal- Christian will help her return to London with no harm to her reputation while Sarah needs to help Christian become the catch of the season.
I enjoyed seeing characters from previous books especially Jane Upton and Daphne Swift. This book was excellently written and such a pleasure to read. The Playful Brides series usually seems too long to me but this wasn’t a problem with this book. I couldn’t read fast enough or put the book down. This is a book that fans of historical romance will definitely enjoy.

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The first Saturday of the month is the day that the SPCA hosts their monthly booksale. It is also today! Here are the books I bought:

Lots and lots of Nora Roberts and J.D Robbs (I’m a bit disappointed that the books aren’t in such good condition like last month but I was really ecstatic to have Nora Roberts books. I love her work!)

I also made a quick stop to Bargain Books and got these gems on special:

I read the first 3 books in the series so I’m really excited to see how this ends.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn (Bevelstoke #1)

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke, #1)The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I accept that Julia Quinn has great writing. I know that her books have entertaining and lively characters. However there was something about this book that grabbed me and refused to let go. Miranda had been in love with Nigel since the day he assured her that she was not ugly. Despite only being a kid at the time Miranda’s feelings stayed for ages while Nigel went on to become a young, bitter widower. Eventually they end up together but there’s one problem. Nigel is unable to tell Miranda that he loves her.
This is an incredibly sweet read and I wish that we saw more of these characters

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