Sunday, 31 May 2020

Weekly Update #114

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!

On Monday, we went for a walk on the beach and on Friday we went to Costco. 
That pretty much sums up the excitement of my week, lol. 
As half term breaks go from "school" it was pretty boring.
However, we collected some lovely flat rocks for some rock painting on our beach trip, the weather has been awesome and we've been baking up a storm again. 
(More cinnamon rolls, cookies and some clotted cream vanilla fudge!)

The government has announced the next steps "relaxing" our lockdown which includes being able to meet up to 6 people from other households outside as long as social distancing is maintained, so we'll be able to sit with friends and family in the garden next week! 
This feels like a win. 
Plus, I'll finally be able to get my patio laid in the garden! We'd bought the bits but we need my father in law to help lay it for I'm useless with anything like that, lol. 

Some outdoor places are preparing to re-open and as part of this, the National Trust announced they're reopening some of their sites from Wednesday 3rd but at reduced capacity and only to pre-booked, ticked visitors at specific arrival times. 
They're releasing tickets weekly on Fridays and I managed to grab tickets to Corfe Castle for next Sunday! Colour me a million kinds of excited. Going to castles for picnics is one of our go-to activities in normal times so getting to do this next week means so much!

I'm planning a bit of a blog break in June. 
I'll be posting my Sunday Posts, any prior commitments (think I've got one release blitz) and my May wrap up (tomorrow) but apart from that, I'll be back posting in July.
I'm hoping to use the time to catch up... I've so many comments to return, so many of your blog posts flagged to read and lots of other things I just haven't had time or headspace to do. 
I hope the break will let me return all fresh and enthusiastic again. 

Just one!

One audiobook (which has taken me an entire month and it's only 4hr long!) and one book (which I've been reading for about three weeks!)

This article popped up in my newsfeed about a ladies two uncles (called David) who built a doorway to imagination in their backyard and it's awesome! If you're looking for something cheerful, give it a read. 

Lilo & Stitch
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Blitz: Fury of The Gods by Amy Braun

May: Month in Review

Have a great week all!

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Blitz: Fury of The Gods by Amy Braun

It's been quite some time since I read the first book of this series but I loved it and the release of book three is an excellent reminder to get my butt in gear and catch up!

The Areios Brothers series is a kick ass UF series featuring Greek Gods and their human descendants. So it's no wonder that it's something I like and recommend you give a try! 😂

Fate brings consequence.

Separated from his brother by curses and lies, Derek Areios is forced into hiding. With rogue goddesses on his side, he begins his search for the Mind of Cronus. But his plans come to a screeching halt when the Olympians send nightmarish warriors to hunt him. Creatures even the gods themselves fear.

Liam Areios, lost without his brother and trapped in service for the Olympians, continues the hunt for the Mind of Cronus. The remaining gods refuse to trust him—or any human—and Liam begins to see just how mad power has made them. Becoming entangled in the schemes of mortals and immortals, Liam will have to fight or lose everyone he loves.

Deadly monsters, betrayal, and pulse-pounding action fill the pages of the third novel in the AREIOS BROTHERS series.

Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action. 

When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction, and diving headfirst into danger in Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. 

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

The Ultimate Book Tag

I saw this tag over at Lili Lost In A Book and loved the questions so had to join in!
Like Lili, I'm not tagging anyone in particular so if you want to give it a go, consider yourself tagged!


1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Yep! The only form of transport I can read on are planes and trains.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Erm... I don't really know.
I guess Mariana Zapata's writing style is pretty different from most and definitely wouldn't suit a lot of people.
Kristen Ashley is another that takes a lot of getting used to. The way she phrases things and her characters' speech tends to be pretty whacked.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter because it's British, it's magic and it's a part of my personal history in a way that Twilight is not and will never be.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books...)?

I have a bag that can hold my kindle and since I predominantly read on my kindle, I don't worry about whether my bag is big enough for books anymore (but my bag is big enough for a paperback).
It also carries my phone, wallet, hairbrush, lip balm, headphones, a notebook, pens, keys etc.
Usual bag bits.

I also have a bookish tote bag that I fold up within my handbag and can pull out if I need more carrying power as well as some fold-up bags for when shopping.
(Our stores don't do free plastic bags so we need our own or to buy them each time.)

5. Do you smell your books?

Nope. I'm not gonna judge those that do but I just don't get the whole book smell thing.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I really don't care. I guess they can enhance the story but I can take or leave them.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

Nothing jumps to mind and I don't think I really like the judgement of "quality writing".
Some authors can write beautifully but their stories are boring af.
Other authors may not write well but the story engages you regardless.
I tend to just take things as they come. That's not to say I haven't read books and wished a better writer had written them (hello Fifty Shades!) but it is what it is.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Not really.
Back when I was a kid, I was the only reader in my house (my mum didn't take to books until I was in my teens and convinced her to read Harry Potter) so most of my bookish stories revolved around late letters from the library because I'd forget when they were due to be returned.
Those letters weren't funny.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

These two!

I bought them when they were released as a special editions for Comic Relief.
They are tiny little things... I think they were re-released later and bulked up a little but I still have these versions.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

This one!

And I still haven't read this series... I bought them as they released with the intention of reading them when the series was complete but still haven't gotten to them. 

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I attempted NaNoWriMo once! It was a bit of a disaster.
I wouldn't class myself as a writer and I'm extremely unlikely to ever strive for a future as an author but I will admit that I've periodically picked at that book I started during NaNoWriMo 18months ago so who knows?

12. When did you get into reading?

I never "got into" reading. I've been a reader as long as I can remember.
I used to get off the school bus at the library and stay there until my mum finished work and would pick me up so I could sit and read books (rather than head home to the grandparents).
I'd have been no older than my son is now when I did that... aka nine-years-old.
I became an absolute book fiend when I hit university and had funds and constant access to bookstores and a fledgeling Amazon.
Good times.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

I'm not a big classics reader but I love Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.
Can't really choose between them. 

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

Nope, I excelled at science - Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
I  also got an A in History so I guess that's an Arts subject but I went the science route with my education.
With hindsight, I should have gone with History for I love it! Science got me where I am but it's not my passion...

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated... what would you do?

Nod politely, smile and say thank you?
Then, later, I'd pass it onto someone else who hadn't read it and might like it.

16. What is a lesser-known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

I have no idea.

17. What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?

I'm going to have to echo Liliana a little and say tabs! I open a million tabs... I read comments on my blog then open a tab for that person's blog to return comments, I click on linked posts on people's posts and open them in new tabs, I have social media tabs, Goodreads, Amazon, picmonkey... You name it. I steadily work my way through it all before closing my browser but it's chaos.

I'm also really bad for saving everything to my desktop and sorting it out later. Much much later.

18. What is your favorite word?

I don't use it much on the blog - or not on published versions of posts - but I think it's my all-time favourite word. I use it plain and I spice it up in many interesting configurations.
I can genuinely make an entire sentence where every other word is fuck.
It's a skill.

19. Are you a nerd or a geek?

Aren't these two pretty much the same thing?
Or is there something fundamental about one of them I'm missing?
Either way, you can call me whichever you please as I'm sure they both fit. 

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Vampires. No Fairies! No... I don't know.
Actually, I do. I'll go faeries.
I'd rather be a living, breathing creature, even if I'm full of trickery and can't lie, than be a reanimated corpse.
Unless we're talking living vampires like the Black Dagger Brotherhood? In that case, I may have to review my answer.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

I would say shapeshifters! I'm not one for theological beings... But if we're talking Nephilim then I'm changing my answer! I like angel spawn stories.
Oh hell... Why do I have to choose?
Gah! Okay. Angels.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

I don't like ghosts.
Ghost stories can never end well for a romance reader.

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?

Even when vampires are the reanimated dead kind they aren't typically portrayed as mindless, brain eating, beasts... But I much prefer the different species or the altered by magic kind of vampires to the brought back from the dead ones.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden love! Oh my! The feels...
Love-triangles just piss me off.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Why do I have to choose?!
I like full-on romance. I love action with a few love scenes mixed in.
At the end of the day, I'm a romance junkie, I need it. However, I don't like zero to full blown "I'll die for you" in the span of two minutes. Build it up! Mix the action in! Make them earn it. Make me believe it. Slow burning romantic UF is my absolute favourite everything for this very reason.


PS - I have no idea where this tag originally originated from. Liliana found it on two other blogs (tagged in her post) and they seem to have found it on another blog and... Yeah. You get the idea. Many many thanks to whoever came up with it though!

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Weekly Update #113

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!

The professor is back in office and I didn't implode while juggling work and home schooling = win!
The little dude and I actually had a chilled week. We got all the school work done, set up some experiments (he's a science nut), went for a few long walks and took advantage of the looser restrictions by stopping during one of our walks and having a picnic in the park.
The evenings have been spent watching movies and the little dude's choices leave a lot to be desired sometimes...

Starting Couch to 5k was delayed as I've been having a lot of back pain this week but it's easing off now so hopefully we'll be able to get started this coming week.
It's officially "half-term" but that doesn't mean much of anything at the moment with the kid not being in school... Well, it means I don't need to worry about homeschooling alongside work next week but that's about it. 

It's a three-day weekend here and we've so far spent it playing Minecraft. It's not like there are a lot of other options beyond going for another walk! lol. 

I hope you're all doing well and have had a good week!

Fury of The Gods - ARC
Wait With Me - Free on Amazon
The Five Year Plan - 99p Sale

Three kids books, two novels and one novella. 😊

The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans
Brazen and The Beast by Sarah MacLean
His Bride For The Taking by Tessa Dare
The Nut That Fell From The Tree by Sangeeta Bhadra
Little Wise Wolf by Gijs van der Hammen
Hockey in The Wild by Nicholas Oldland

Bark's Books has a PSA on how not to approach a reviewer.

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith
High School Musical
Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone

The Clone Wars animated series.

Kiddie's Corner #9: Little Wise Wolf, Hockey In The Wild, The Nut That Fell From The Tree
Review: The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans

Kiddie's Corner #10: The Old Man and The Penguin, AAAligator! & Snow Song
Release Blitz: Fury of The Gods by Amy Braun
The Ultimate Book Tag

Have a great week all!