Sunday, 31 December 2017

Sunday Post: December Update

Hi all,
Happy Hogmanay!
(That's Happy New Year's Eve to most people but you can take the girl outa Scotland but you can't take Scotland out of the girl.)
I've been a terrible blogger lately and haven't posted much over the past couple of months... Life just kinda got away from me. I've had so much going on that I haven't had any motivation to sit and write anything and that's sad. 
Hopefully, in the New Year, I'll be refreshed and right back on it. 

Over the last few months, I haven't read all that many new books. I've been focused on re-reading some old favourites. 

However, I have read a few new ones, as follows:

One Fell Sweep - Ilona Andrews
Sweep In Peace - Ilona Andrews
Clean Sweep - Ilona Andrews
On The Edge - Ilona Andrews
Bayou Moon - Ilona Andrews
Meet Me Under The Mistletoe - Carla Burgess
Christmas at the Falling Down Guest House - Lilly Bartlett
Pure Wicked - Shayla Black
The Truth About Porn Star Boyfriends - Sunniva Dee

On the blog, I'm trying to catch up on reviews, as I've fallen hideously behind on those, and I've got a few little promo bits to post in January for some up-coming books that I quite like the look of. I've also signed up for a few Reading Challenges to keep me on my toes in the coming year.

On a personal front, my gorgeous girl Freya lost her battle with Osteosarcoma two days before Christmas which absolutely sucked. (Understatement of the century.)
I thought I'd share a little Christmas pic collage of her as she LOVED Christmas with all the decorations (to attack), food (to sneak), wrapping (to play in), boxes (to claim) and the general influx of people to love (worship) her.
She was one in a million and I'm not exaggerating when I say I'll miss that cat for the rest of my days.

I hope you all have a wonderful start to 2018.


You can find the master linky list @ The Caffeinated Reviewer

Friday, 29 December 2017

Challenge Accepted! Blog All About It

What it's about

It's basically a blogging prompt challenge.
Each month there's a different prompt that you can interpret as you'd like then create a blog post around it.

If the prompt is BLUE you could...
--make a blueberry cobbler
--review a book with a blue cover
--interview an author who's name has blue in it
--discuss how you break out of a 'blue' mood
--share blue photos you've taken

It's incredibly flexible but also a good way to spread your blogger wings.

(And I really need some help getting into the habit of regularly posting over here! So... Challenge accepted!!)

The Prompts

January - Winter
February - Red
March - Favorite Scent
April - Art
May - Organize
June - Growl
July - Spirit
August - Beginning
September - Escape
October - Trees
November - Truth
December - Shine/Sparkle

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Challenge Accepted! Try Something New Challenge

This reading challenge is hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup and is all about trying something new and is fairly flexible.

First book in a series
Debut book
A new genre or trope.
A new to you author or series.
An author switching genres
A new book format or unique storyline element.


Level 1: 1-10 books
Level 2: 11- 20 books
Level 3: 21-40 books
Level 4: 41-60 books
Level 5: 61+ books

My Goal

There are a few series that people rave about that I in theory 'should' like based on my tastes but that I avoid like the plague because of something I've heard. 

There are also multiple genres I won't read because I think it'll push all the wrong buttons with me but are really quite popular...

So, in 2018, I've decided to push myself into trying those series, books and genres that I avoid for whatever reason and seeing what the fuss is all about!

For a list of those participating, head over to the sign up post!

Monday, 25 December 2017

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Merry Christmas!
Hope you all have a wonderful day and that there are lots of books under your Christmas trees!

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Challenge Accepted! The Series That Never Ends

The Series That Never... Ends.
This one is hosted by the Delighted Reader.

The Deets

You know what I am talking about… those long series everyone raves about, but you have fallen behind.
Maybe you have read a few.
Maybe the author writes faster than superman.
Maybe you never heard about it until the series went viral.
Yeah, that series that has been hanging a noose around you neck… getting tighter and tighter.
Now you can be the heroine/hero on Social Media talking about the latest and greatest book that has come out and save everyone’s day!

The Challenge (if you choose to accept it)

Level One – 5-9 books – Surviving the Book Tsunami
Level Two – 10-15 books – Removing the Thorn From My Side
Level Three – 15 books or more – Goddess of Reading the Never Ending Series

Those pesky rules….

* The minimum goal is 5 books.
* The books have to be in the same series and by the same author(s).
* Only romance series are accepted. Any sub-genre of romance accepted.

My Goal

To catch up on Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter World Series!

(This is what I call it any way as there are so many intersecting Dark Hunter, Were-Hunter, Dream Hunter and 'Other' books that I just can't keep up with what it's actually called! Basically, it's anything in the Dark-Hunter universe that is for adults, i.e NOT Chronicles of Nick. Chronicles of Nick will be tackled separately at some point in the future.)

I used to read these books religiously but then they became one a year, the stories became more convoluted and I just stopped giving a crap as there never any resolution in the overarching story plots which drove me flipping nuts! 

I'm hoping that now I've had a lengthy break that the appreciation for the individual books returns and that there is some resolution in the overarching story!

Friday, 8 December 2017

Book Blogger Hop: Do you feel the need to stop reading anything but Christmas....

This week on the Coffee Addicted Writer's book blogger hop...

The Question is:
If you celebrate Christmas, do you feel the need to stop reading anything but Christmas-themed romances as the holiday season starts?

My Answer:
No, why would I? 
That'd be as illogical as only eating turkey dinners with all the trimmings for the full month of December. 
Don't get me wrong, a lovely little book about eating ice-cream on a Cornish beach is unlikely to be high on my reading list at this time but there are plenty of books out there that don't trigger seasonal moods. 
For example, right now I'm binge reading paranormal and urban fantasy novels. They can be read any time and work particularly nicely when the night has drawn in and you're cosied up under a blanket.