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Favourite YouTubers – Sarah Churchill

February 28, 2015 in Bookish Posts, Favourite YouTubers

Last summer (I can’t believe it’s that long ago) I posted my first Favourite YouTubers post (you can find it here) so I think a second installment is long overdue.

Sarah Churchill is my favourite Booktuber. If you watch Booktube videos then I’m sure you are already subscribed to this lovely lady. She posts twice a week and shares her thoughts on books and book-related things.  Her love of literature shines through on her channel. If you’re ever suffering from a reading slump one of Sarah’s videos is bound to inspire you to pick up that book again. She’s passionate and honest, and she has the most beautiful Welsh accent!

 

I genuinely love to hear Sarah’s opinions on the latest books and I’ve found so many great reads through her channel. Let me warn you though, I ALWAYS want to go on a book buying spree after watching her!

You can subscribe to Sarah here.

Who are your favourite Booktubers?

The Sleeper and the Spindle

February 26, 2015 in Book Reviews, Fairytales, Retellings, Fantasy, Fiction

The Sleeper and the SpindleThe Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
Published by Bloomsbury Genres: Retellings
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future - and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems.

 

 

 

 

 

Shocking admission – this is the first of Neil Gaiman’s work I’ve ever read. Yeup, ever. I have a lot of Gaiman’s novels on my TBR list but I’ve just not got to them yet. After reading this though, I’m going to make more of an effort.

This is a fairytale retelling of sorts. It’s a short story that pulls together ideas from Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, adding a dark spin and an interesting twist.

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Much as I enjoyed the story the thing that really made this for me was the beauty of the book. Chris Riddell has illustrated the book beautifully. Using just black, white and gold the illustrations really add to the story. They are so detailed, creepy and quite frankly stunning.

I can’t post about this book without mentioning the cover…

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…a semi-transparent dustcover that continues the theme of black, white and gold. Peeking out beneath this is an illustration of the Sleeper, which is actually the cover of the hardback book itself.

This really is beautiful. For me, it’s the combination of artwork and storytelling that makes this book. I’m looking forward to reading and perusing it again and again.

Top Ten Tuesday #3: Favourite Heroines From Books

February 24, 2015 in Bookish Posts

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. If you’d like to participate too, see here.

Top 10 Tuesday Strupag

This week the topic is…

 

10 Favourite Heroines From Books

In no particular order…

 

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1

Alina, Shadow and Bone (The Grisha series) by Leigh Bardugo

 

2

 Scout Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

 

3 Daenerys Targaryen, A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin

 

4Lisbeth Salander, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo(Millennium Trilogy) by Stieg Larsson

 

5Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank

 

6Violet Ambrose, The Body Finder (The Body Finder series) by Kimberly Derting

 

7Elizabeth Bennet, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

8Celaena Sardothien, Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass series) by Sarah J. Maas

 

9Mariam, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

 

Lie10sel, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

 

Who are your 10 favourite heroines from literature?

 

To see what other bloggers put on their lists check out the linky at The Broke and the Bookish.

Finn Fancy Necromancy

February 20, 2015 in Book Reviews, Fantasy, Fiction, Urban Fantasy

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Finn Fancy NecromancyFinn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson
Published by Titan on 13th February 2015
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
two-half-stars
Found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit in 1986, 15-year-old Finn Gramaraye was exiled to the Other Realm for 25 years. But now he’s back in the mortal world and is disappointed to discover that he’s middle-aged, DeLoreans can’t fly, and he’s been framed for dark magic, again.

All Finn wants is to pick up the pieces of his life and patch things up with his family: his mad-scientist father, the ghost of his mother, a sister who is allergic to magic, a younger brother who thinks he's a werewolf and an older brother who is most unhappy to see him. But with just three days to clear his name before he's sent back into exile forever, Finn will need all the help he can get to figure out who wants him gone, and why.

 

I really don’t know how I feel about this book. There were concepts I found interesting and I always like a mystery, but there were many things that I didn’t enjoy about it. Let me try and explain what I mean.

The protagonist Finn has just returned from exile in the Other World. His soul has spent 25 years there as punishment for a crime he didn’t commit. So when he returns he finds the world to be very different from when he left. For one thing his body is different; although it’s been looked after by its temporary resident it has changed – it’s older. Technology has moved on, he has a niece and everyone he ever knew is 25 years older. Being exiled for 25 years means that Finn has dated points of reference; old songs, films, games. I quite liked a lot of these references to begin with but I started to tire of them after a while. Then there was Finn’s reaction to things like smartphones and laptops. I liked the concept of this, if not its execution exactly.

To be honest I found Finn to be fairly irritating. He’s obviously meant to be a geek but I found it to be a bit forced at times. His sense of humour grated on me. There were times I sniggered but on the whole I just didn’t find it amusing.

Then there were all the “technical” terms related to the world, the various forms of magic, different beings and creatures.  There were too many terms I didn’t understand/wasn’t familiar with and so at times I found it rather hard to follow. Of course perhaps that’s just sheer ignorance on my part.

Ok – so the plot. I enjoyed the mystery element of this novel. There was plenty of action involved and some twists and turns along the way. There were a lot of characters though, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However I just didn’t feel they had much depth. I didn’t feel invested in any of them and wasn’t particularly bothered what happened to them.

All in all, this book was ok. It didn’t grasp me though. I wasn’t a big fan of the writing style and felt it a little forced at times. Obviously, this is just my personal opinion. I had hoped for more and just didn’t find it in this novel.

Have you read Finn Fancy Necromancy? I’d love to know what you thought.

Top Ten Tuesday #2: Book Related Problems

February 17, 2015 in Bookish Posts

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I took part for the first time a couple of weeks ago (see here) and really enjoyed it, so here goes for a second time! If you’d like to participate too, see here.

Top 10 Tuesday Strupag

This week the topic is…

10 Book Related Problems I Have

1

Storage! I’m sure I’m not alone in this. Our shelves used to be so tidy, so well organised, so pretty. However these days there’s just not enough space. We need to build an extension I think!

 

2

The TBR. My to-read list is constantly growing. There are just too many awesome books out there and I don’t have enough time/energy to get through them all!

 

3

Bedtime reading… when your eyes start to close and you are determined to read to the end of the chapter! For me this either ends with the book falling on my face or a complete inability to remember what happened the next day.

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4

Inability to go past a bookshop. I’m sure this is something many of us suffer from. I can’t go by them; even though I may not buy anything I just have to look! Thankfully my husband loves bookshops as much as I do!

 

5

Reading big books. I really struggle to hold a paperback, never mind a massive hardback with two books crammed into one. I do LOVE hardback books though. *sighs*

big books

6

Juggling a book and a beverage. Related to number 5, as I struggle enough to hold books, you can imagine my problem when it comes to enjoying a coffee with my book. Turning pages is not easy!

 

7

Lending books. I’m one of those people who loves to share books that I’ve enjoyed, but I also like to have them back afterwards (despite problem 1). I’ve lost so many beautiful books by lending them to folk.

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8

Resisting book purchases. Between blogs and booktube, I’m constantly adding books to my TBR. I find it so hard to resist purchasing them, despite problems 1 and 2.

 

9

Remembering details of a series. I do love to read series. The problem I have is when that series isn’t complete. I read the 1st book one year, then the next year the 2nd comes out and I’ve totally forgotten the details of the 1st! Right now I need to re-read The Bone Season so I can read The Mime Order.

 

10

Selecting books for a weekend away. I always take too many books with me if I go away for the weekend. I take the book I’m reading, then a selection so that I can choose the next book to suit my mood. We recently went away for 2 days. I’m not a very fast reader yet I took my current book AND this pile…

weekend book pile

 

What are your book related problems?

You can check out what other bloggers had to say on the matter in the linky over on The Broke and The Bookish.