Category: Blog Talks
I’ve not done a readathon in ages (and I can’t exactly say the TBRtakedown was a success), but now, in the middle of all the writing I’m SUPPOSED to be doing before I go away, I’ve decided I’m going to take one day out to READ. Not that I haven’t been reading all this time, because I have been. Even if it’s just a couple hours here and there, I manage it. But I’ve been so disconnected with books lately, what with me writing my own one.
So here’s my choices to read (because lord knows I’m not going to manage more than one book):
Blood of Olympus.
I’m going to try one of these, and of course if within the first hour or so I decide I’m not feeling it (though I’ve tried the second one and I love the story, but maybe it’s clashing too much with my own story), then I can change.
Let me know if you’re taking part and what you’ll be reading.
I wanted to try a new feature on my blog, something to connect with people and get to know what we have in common.
One thing that I’ve been wondering lately is what do you all do with books that you’ve had on your shelves for a long time, maybe started and given up or started and gotten distracted? Do you throw them away after a time or do you give them another shot?
I’ve gotten to the point where I’m running out of space on my shelves where I put my TBR books, and some of them have been there for years. Some I’ve tried, and put them back because a new book has come out and it’s taken higher priority. Then I feel so guilty.
They’re left there, taking up room and looking down on me like I’ve committed a crime. I want to read them. It’s not like I don’t! All the money spent…I can’t just give up.
The amount of people who do book unhauls for books they’ve not even read yet…I’m like “How can you waste that money?” But then I think of all the books I have that I’ve not read yet. I’ll admit, in the past I’ve given some to the library or charity, but rarely. Those that I give are read ones.
I have a book case with three shelves. (Among other book cases). Top shelf is full of series that haven’t finished yet.
Middle shelf is TBR books that are paperbacks/ones I’ve tried and set aside.
Bottom shelf are more…popular choices. And hardbacks.
And now I have no room whatsoever for new books to go on there.
Also, I can’t read fast enough, and there are new books coming out all the time. GRR!
So, what do you do? Do you have an tips on how to get the amount of TBR down to a minimum or do you just leave them and hope for the best? lol.
Comment below. I need support.
Hey guys! So on Wednesday 6th April I attended a book event of Holly Smale’s (author of the wonderful Geek Girl series) to promote book 5 “Head Over Heels” (released 7th April – TODAY! GO GET IT!)
Head Over Heels (Geek Girl #5) by Holly Smale
Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books
Summary from Goodreads: “My name is Harriet Manners, and I will always be a geek.”
The fifth book in the bestselling, award-winning GEEK GIRL series.
Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is.
She knows duck-billed platypuses don’t have stomachs.
She knows that fourteen squirrels were once detained as spies.
She knows only one flag in the world features a building.
And for once, Harriet knows exactly how her life should go. She’s got it ALL planned out. So when love is in the air, Harriet is determined to Make Things Happen!
If only everyone else would stick to the script…
Has GEEK GIRL overstepped the mark, and is following the rules going to break hearts all over again?
It was so much fun and I learnt a lot, which is always a plus. I was front row and centre. Felt a bit self conscious but it was okay. Holly was asked a number of good questions, including one from yours truly. Most of which I’m going to talk about with you now.
When asked if she would show her early work to family or friends, Holly said she used to show it to her mum but soon lost confidence with her after she was told “it’s good but it won’t sell.”
There were a few writing questions asked, which I always like to hear. She explained how she writes one first draft and then completely rewrites it for second draft. Then there’s small amounts of editing done after that.
Holly said that when she goes to bed, she’ll close her eyes, and let her imagination weave a story and the characters develop in her head, though not always the names. She uses baby books for those. For some names she uses friends names, too. I thought that was interesting because sometimes my ideas come when I’m trying to sleep, but as I told her, I mostly forget to write them down. Haha.
Her mum inspired her to start writing at a young age and she was read poetry as a kid.
Good news: Holly has a short story coming out in the summer, which isn’t actually that short anymore. She said about how it was supposed to be like the Christmas story – length wise – but has turned out to be a lot longer. She’s also writing another short story to go at the back of that, which will be from a different characters POV, showing their view of Harriet. She won’t say who, though. Sigh.
When asked if there would be a film on her books, she said there may be some news in the pipeline (on film/tv adaptation for Geek Girl.) Fingers crossed! I’m not sure how I feel about that, but it’d certainly be interesting to see how they’d portray it.
All of the trips involved in the book were places she’s been to: Russia she went to on a school trip. She lived in Japan for 3 years to teach, that’s why there’s a lot of detail in second book. Book 3 was set in New York, and she went there as a research trip. Book 4 was Morocco, which she went back to for research. Book 5 is set in India and she went there for 3 months. Holly explained how Book 5 was originally going to be set in Cambodia but she found it didn’t feel right so she changed it.
When it comes to the romance, Holly states that Nick, the so-called hero of the series, hasn’t been present since book 3. She wants to make the relationship between Harriet and Nick healthy and logical. Harriet’s life doesn’t end when she doesn’t have love in it.
I braved my anxiety and asked whether any of the characters were based off people she knows or if they just popped into her head…here’s her answer. (Paraphrased. Obviously.):
Some of the characters are based off real people like Richard (based off her dad), her dad would give a list of jokes to add to the books. Harriet is loosely based on her. She based Toby off Edward Cullen, stating that if you take away the hotness, the behaviour isn’t good. Rin is based off a friend she made in Japan. And in general she picks up seeds of different people and combines them.
There was much more that Holly said, and was asked, but I felt like these were the more relevant points to mention. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and I’ll have another one up tomorrow in which I talk about seeing Alexandra Bracken, Melinda Salisbury and Eliza Wass.
Oh and here’s a mug shot of me with Holly:
That’s all from me.
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
(Psssst! Click picture to link back to Goodreads!)
The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.
All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
Released: April 26th 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press
I am so looking forward to this, not just because it’s the last in the amazing Raven Cycle series but I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO GANSEY! I think it’s pretty much all us fans want to know, and I won’t rest until he’s safe. I swear to god if Maggie kills him off, I’ll riot! There needs to be a loophole or SOMETHING! Grr!!
In other news, this is my first Waiting on Wednesday post. YAY! ME! I’m finally taking part in things other bloggers do. hehehe.
Good day, all. Here’s another TTT going and this one is about 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads). This challenge is set by the wonderful people at The Broke and the Bookish .
I’ll do this in order or how I read them. From most recent to furthest…if that makes sense? Sigh.
1: Angels Twice Descending(Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #10) by Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman – I mentioned this in my last post. I forgot to put the rating, though. I suck at this sometimes. Ha! I loved this final installment in the novellas. It was a wonderful ending to Simon’s time at Shadowhunter Academy.
2: Pale Kings and Princes (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #6) by Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman – Again, this one was one of my faves from the novellas. Brilliant. I miss them already. Sigh.
3: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure – I adored this book. I didn’t even think I would when I first got it from NG and then later got it from the library. I read it so quick and it was so sweet and sad and everything. I love when books surprise me like that.
4: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith – I guess I was on a contemporary streak at the time and I read this and loved it. Such a simple premise but so heartfelt and sad and happy and romantic…I love Jennifer’s books. Well, most of them. I’ve read 3 of them and they’ve been great.
5: Girl of Nightmares(Anna, #2) by Kendare Blake – I read the first of this duo a couple years ago, and I couldn’t believe it took me so long to get to this,but it was a joy to read and so pleasantly creepy.
6: All Wrapped Up(Geek Girl, #1.5) by Holly Smale – Such a short novella but so so enjoyable. I wanted more. I can’t wait for Head Over Heels to come out in PB.
7: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman – What can I say about this that hasn’t been said by many people already? I LOVED this book and I am eagerly awaiting book 2, Gemina. It will surely be as mindblowing as Illuminae was. I might reread it soon, too.
8: You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day – I actually got the audiobook of this and it was so much, so so much fun. She has a very quirky, interesting way of talking and brought this book to life in a way I wasn’t expecting. It took me a few days to get through it, but I found myself so saddened and inspired by what went on in her life so far. She’s brilliant!
9: Sapphire Blue(Precious Stone Trilogy, #2) by Kierstin Gier – The sequel to Ruby Red was just as great as I’d hoped. I love time travel stories and this didn’t disappoint, though there were characters that bugged me, but not in any unnatural way. Mostly I guessed they were meant to be annoying.
10: An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) by Sabaa Tahir – I was pleasantly surprised by this. Sure, there were moments that made me wonder why I’d rated it so high, but the overall story got me like WOAH. WOAH. WOAH. You should all go and read this.
And so that’s it. I mean, I have loads more where that came from, because I seem to rate many books 5 stars. That’s just because if I have read it in a day or 2, or it left an imprint on my heart, then I loved it and it deserves a great score! 😀
Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you rated them! I’d love to know.
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s task is to list Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While. There are a number of books I’ve read over the years that I just don’t talk about because, well, I just don’t know.
So most of these are actually book series, so I’m counting each one as a single book because otherwise we’d be here forever, ‘kay?
In no particular order.
1) The Darren Shan Saga by Darren Shan: Many years ago, during my reign of reading about vampires and such, I came across a series (actually, I came across the film first, but that’s beside the point) called the Darren Shan saga. After seeing The Vampire’s Assistant movie (which I loved! I don’t know why it got slated so much. Sure, it wasn’t like the books, but at least the script was good! And oh yes, JOSH HUTCHERSON was in it! Not to mention the cute guy who played Darren – Chris Massoglia!) I decided to pick up the books and that was when my obsession with all things Darren Shan began. I haven’t read them in a while, because since I took up blogging and got more immersed in the book world, I’ve had other things to concentrate on BUT I fell in love with the Darren Shan world and I went to all the signings/events the author did locally (and some not so locally) and it remains to this day one of my all time favourite series.
2) Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter: The Gallagher Girls series was one of the first proper teen contemporaries I ever got into. The whole spy school thing was new to me and I loved it, more because, although they were younger at the beginning of the series, it wasn’t too complicated or high strung as a lot of contemps can be on occasion. Cammie Morgan was, despite being the daughter of the headmistress and a very good spy, was also very relatable. To me, at least. She excelled at blending in, disappearing into the background and that made it easy to snoop around the school, finding secret doors and hideaways when no one was looking. I admired that about her. Not to mention she was funny. There’s also bits of romance, too. The series has everything, really.
3) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: I need to reread this. It would be my third time. I could probably reread this over and over and over and over and over…and over again, because it will never get old or boring or stop being the romantic beast it really is. I don’t know what else to say other than I love it. 🙂
4) Vampire Queen series by Rebecca Maizel: Not your usual vampire story. There was a romance, yeah, but it never felt like the sole focus. This was one series that I thought was going to end at 2. And then a couple years later…there’s a 3rd book. It’s such a well written story without all the love triangles or cheesy lines that a lot of vampire novels have, or had, because they seem to be dwindling down in quantity these days.
5) The Demon Trappers by Jana Oliver: Again, a series I read a few years ago and keep meaning to reread. This series was different in the sense that there weren’t any vampires, but there were plenty of demons. When Riley Blackthorne’s father dies, she has more to worry about than just ordinary life, making sure she has a roof over her head. She goes on a vengeance mission to find the demon that killed him. I mean, damn girl. She really kicks ass. Also, this isn’t just a demon story. There’s a whole war with Heaven and Hell, and Riley is the one to tip the balance, and it’s like holy crap! I miss this series and I implore you to try it! It’s like…Supernatural, except the lead is a teenage girl. 🙂 Oh, and there’s Beck. He’s lush! 😀
6) Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick: Hey now, don’t go rolling your eyes! This series is great and nothing anyone can say will change my mind. It’s been a while, but I still love it. I have read Hush Hush (the first book) maybe 3 times? I think so. Sure, it has its predictable moments (well, it would when you reread it but..) and it’s not entirely the best written, BUT It’s got great characters, and PATCH! NORA! SCOTT! I mean, how can you not love this? *taps mic* Hello? Is this thing on?
7) Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent: I love love love this series and I fully intend on rereading them soon. I will put aside a whole month just to reread all these series, I’m telling you. It kind of makes me sad that I haven’t found another series like this since. Also, Banshees! Ghosts! Hot guys and hot girls, intrigue, and danger…everything I love in a book. Eh eh!
8) Vampire Academy/Bloodlines by Richelle Mead: Vampire Academy was one of those series I read during my ‘Twilight’ years, and though it has been a while, I remember how much I loved them. I have reread the first book multiple times and Bloodlines…how can I not devote numerous hearts to that series? Adrian. Forever my true love. (Yes, Will, you’re my love as well! Herondales! pssh)
9) Evernight series by Claudia Grey: Remember back in the good old days when there were all these amazing book series out and they were just truly awesome? ME TOO! Man, I miss those days. Yeah, sure, there have been brilliant series SINCE, but none that really match up to them. All the good series seem to have ended in 2013/early 2014, with the exception to one or two. But these days it’s all hit and miss. Evernight was one of my favourite, and it will always be. Boarding school? check! Gothic feel to it? Check! `Charming guys? CHECK! Kick ass lead? double check. And then you have the ghosts, ghouls, vampires, all sorts just roaming around ready to kill you at a seconds notice. I devoured this series and again: MUST. REREAD. Dammit!
10) Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson: This book was one that got me into the whole sci-fi range, I’m pretty sure. See, at first you think it’s just about a girl who ends up in a mental hospital because of issues, but then you realise no…wait…there’s more to this than meets the eye. It’s not just about her, it’s actually more about her therapist, or the guy claiming to be, anyway. Also, the whole synesthesia thing is REAL, it’s not like the author made it up, which is what appealed to me, it got me interested in how it works. It drew me in and didn’t spit me out until it had done with me. I love this book. I LOVE IT! And then we had to wait forever for a sequel and I loved that. There’s plenty of mystery, too, which just added the icing. 🙂
So there you have it. This has made me so nostalgic and longing to reread them all. Dammit! I hope you’ve enjoyed this, and maybe got some new books to put on your TBR? 😛 Tell me what books you haven’t thought about/talked about in a while?
Has it really been so long since my last post???? I missed doing the blogging extravaganza posts last week because…yeah, I was ill. Still, kinda, am. I mean, I’m on the outs as far as feeling like shit goes. This cold hit me like a full on hurricane of snot. (ew!)
Anyway, I have somethings to catch you up on.
*First off, I did manage some reading while ill. Not traditional stuff, though, I mean, I couldn’t wear my glasses for half the week so I just sort of stared, glassy eyed, at my tablet. My kindle app turned out to be useful, because I actually read not 1, not 2, not 3, but 5 ebooks. Yeah.
Okay, they were novellas. Don’t get too excited.
If you haven’t read the Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy novellas then you NEED. TO. I mean, I didn’t intend on reading them until they were printed in an actual book but that isn’t until November, and now I’m wondering why I didn’t try to read them ages ago. They are so important, you guys. How Christine (Xtinemay) – yknow, Twitter/Youtube extraordinaire, was telling us all to read them before Lady Midnight. And that’s what I’m doing. I think with what felt like everyone having read LM when it first came out, the hype , and the delay that was me getting the book, made me just think…well, might as well put it off longer. Now it seems the chaos of people talking about it has somewhat died down, I don’t feel quite so pressured.
Anyway, I’ll be doing a video review when I’ve finished them all, so watch this space…
*Okay, onto my next bit of news. I’m going to be taking part in #TBRTakedown 3.5 (also follow the twitter account for this challenge because so much fun! @TBRTakedown ) which is going to be happening 8th-10th of April. I am looking forward to it because lord knows I have a lot of reading to catch up on. Which leads me to the reason behind that-
*I’ll also be taking part in Camp Nano which starts April 1st. This is MY CHANCE to finish my draft, at which point I am currently nearing 17k. Yah. Slowly slowly catchy monkey. I’ll make it, I know I will. And though TBRTakedown is during April, I’ll count it as a much needed interval.
*Another slightly further thing that I’m doing, and this is where I’d love to find people that are also going – is YallWest. I’m going. Call me crazy, because it’s a long way for such a short time, but thanks to a good friend of mine, I won’t be entirely alone. But guys, seriously, have you SEEN the line-up? IT’S NUTS!
Okay so that’s it for now. I won’t be doing the Get Up Offa That Slump post today, mostly because I suck at poetry and I look too rough to do a video right now. >_< I’ll do it Wednesday, though. For now, I’m just going read, tweet, and think of some other awesome things to tell you.
Hey there, it’s Day 2 of this wonderful challenge set by Rachel at Beauty and the Bookshelf. This time it’s about all the bookish things I’d give a kidney for, as it was World Kidney Day on the 10th.
So here goes. What would I give a kidney for? Hmm… Let’s see.
*A bigger bedroom– I know, it sounds silly and petty but I’ve had a bedroom the size of a box (not literally, it just feels like it) for 22 years (while living in this house) and I am so sick of it. It means I can’t fit the book shelves in that I need/want, and makes me wish for more space. Then again, if I could ask for anything – while on the hospital table getting sliced into as they procure my kidney – I’d be asking for a new house and a car and maybe life insurance…oh no my pulse is going….Haha don’t mind my sick sense of humour. 😛
That brings me to my next point…
*More bookshelves. If I gave a kidney in exchange for fancy, spacious bookshelves, I’d be ALL OVER THAT. Okay, there’d have to be more incentive, but not much more.
*To finish my book and have it published and be successful in my own small way. Then again, I’d probably need it to be spectacular first. Hmm.
*To have a big book convention near me and have all the authors I love going to it. The UK gets very few conventions for books, let alone YA, and when we do, we don’t get anywhere near the selection of authors that US cons do. It makes me sad. I know travel is an issue, but come on! (That’s why I’m going to the US for them instead. :P)
Well there you go. Not exactly big big things, but for me they’d mean a lot. Let me know what kind of things YOU’D give a kidney for, and why? Maybe we have something in common. 🙂
Well hello there. I love challenges, especially when it comes to blogging because it really helps me stretch my boundaries. So here’s the first task – to interview myself. Okay, so that might sound weird but hey, trust me. It’ll be fun. I hope. 🙂
What’s your name?
Hey! How’re ya doing? My name is Kat.
Well, Katheryn. But whatever, right?
How old are you?
*looks away* I don’t want to say. Okay…I’m 29.
When’s your birthday?
Soon. April 13th.
Okay, enough personal stuff. What are you reading these days, Kat?
Too much. I’m a part way through Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Grey. Such a great series. I implore you to read the series.
Oooh, I’ll take you up on that. So bought any good books lately?
Some. *squints mysteriously* But I’m not saying until my book haul post is done.
Back to basics, what’s your favourite colour?
Damn, that’s so hard. See, I used to love red. Swore by it. Then I changed to pink, then mauve, but now It’s more….Purple. Violet? I dunno. I just like those kind of shades.
Sweet. If you could be a colour, what one would you be?
Really? Why that?
I just like peaches. 😛
Nice. The world is ending, what two items do you keep on you at all times?
Hmm…Phones wouldn’t work, right? So…maybe a book, yeah. Definitely a book, a small one, though. Also…a pen and paper. I know that’s technically 3 things, but…really.
I’ll let you off that one.
Watched any good tv shows lately?
Yeah, actually I’m watching The 100 while I answer these questions.
Ooh, cool. Anything else?
I love Supernatural. I recently got into Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which is so funny.
Favourite book series?
SHADOWHUNTERS SHADOWHUNTERS SHADOWHUNTERS
So…you like the Shadowhunters books?
Yus! Cassie Clare created a gold mine.
*laughs* Okay then. Hardback or paperback?
Can I choose both? I used to be against hardback, mostly because I didn’t have room for them, but since I got new book shelves, I just love the really pretty hardbacks. I’m slowly losing space, but man…they’re so nice. Sigh.
If you could live in any fictional world… where?
I’d love to be in the Doctor Who-verse. 🙂
What’s your bookish pet-peeve?
When I go to signings and the authors bend back the front page to sign. I know it’s a necessity, but man does it make my insides squirm. Also when the books don’t fit in my bookshelves because they’re too tall. Grr
When did you start reading books as a hobby?
Oh…I used to read contemporary, and Harry Potter, of course, when I was about 16. Then there were many years when I was at college and stuff, didn’t read much. I don’t know why. I started up again properly in 2008, when I read Twilight.
Right, well, I think that’s about it for this interview. It’s been great talking to you…uh…me?
And you, me. Um…This is weird. Let’s just…uh…go. Bye! *waves*
That’s it for this first challenge. It was fun. A bit confusing, but yeah. I talk to myself on a daily basis so yeah. 🙂