Ebooks – Let’s Get Excited!

Hey guys,

PC gamers live for the Steam summer sale. It’s an excellent time to get all the popular games for buttons and I’ve caught myself up in it a few times. However, as bookworms we don’t really get much to get that syked for. Until today. Today marks the start of the Kindle summer sale(!) and I have been busy.

I have to slow down with the buying paperback books thing. My fiancé and I live in a one bedroom flat in Aberdeen and my books currently take up half the flat. Compromises had to be made and so if I want new books, unless they are part of an existing series that I have in paper copy or breathtakingly beautiful, then I have to get them on my kindle. It’s a hard life. My attachmemt for my kindle is growing in a way I never thought it would and with me moving into clerical work my kindle is going to become my buddy for quiet periods in work.

There are hundreds of titles that have been included in the sale from all genres and I’ve been sifting through some of the titles. I’m rather impressed, I must say. There is a lot of titles I recognise and some I have already read. Some of them I’ve already bought not on sale and an kicking myself for not waiting until the sale to buy them. But, worse things have happened.

I’ve bought some new titles from the sale that I’m rather pleased with.

  • How to be Champion by Sarah Millican – This is an unusual one for me because I’m not a big lover of autobiographies. Maybe I’ve just never found one I really enjoy. That being said, when I saw this one and who the author was I thought I’d give in a bash. For 99p, if I hate it, I can’t be too upset. I love Sarah Millican as a comedian. She reminds me a lot of myself but she is hilarious, totally appeals to my sense of humour. I stumbled across her work by accident but I’ve never regretted a moment of it. If this book is going to be anything like her stand-up comedy then I will not be disappointed.
  • The Grisha trilogy – these are titles that pop up again and again for me, recommended based on my most common reads. You can currently get the whole trilogy for less that £7 through the kindle store which, considering you’ll pay £7+ for one of the books in paper copy, is a great deal. I actually have no idea what these books are about, I don’t want to read the description or anything because it’s actually rather nice to go into a series totally blind to what you might find. I’m excited to what I’ll discover.
  • Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven – this is the last of my purchases. It was recommended because I read Beautiful Broken Things which was a book that I really enjoyed (I read the whole thing in one sitting). If this is going to be anything like Beautiful Broken Things then I’m certain I will enjoy it. From the author that wrote All the Bright Places, I’m hoping for some feel good plot line with some angst and heart string pulling.

I’m pleased with my takings so far from this sale. Definitely watch this space for the outcome of my read throughs. Have you read any of my newly acquired titles? Are they worth the read?

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 11

Day 11 – What You Wore Today

Hey guys,

So today was a rare day off work that I didn’t have anything planned. I was thinking of doing so many things but in the end I decided to go and see my younger brother and his girlfriend who live up in Inverness. It was a beautiful day, perfect for a trip to a beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands. My fiancé was working so I headed off myself for what was rocking up to be a relaxing day out.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 10

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Day 10 – Put Your Music on Shuffle and Write the First 10 Songs

Anyone that knows me knows that as well as my books, my great love is singing. I don’t think I’m good at it but I love singing out loudly (the louder, the better it comes out). Long drives are the best because it very quickly turns into a live show featuring yours truly. for this prompt, I just stuck my Spotify on shuffle and this is the result. I’m quite happy with the little playlist it created. Maybe it will be turned into a new CD for my car. Read More

To Kill A Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

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Hey guys,

I’ve got another gem of a book to share with you all. So I recently went on holiday to Berlin and needed some new reading material for the week away (I didn’t really need a new book, but you know how it is). I filled my kindle up with some golden oldies and some new books I found on the Kindle store, one of them being To Kill A Kingdom, and I was ready for a week in Berlin. The reason I chose this book was that I decided to read the reviews (for once!) and it mentioned the first line of the book which is more than enough to capture your undivided interest.

I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive. There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom.

Talk about an engaging opening for a book! As well as an excellent opening line, the book is also recommended for fans of Sarah J. Maas books, whose work I adore, and Leigh Bargugo (I haven’t read her books, she’s the author of the Six of Crows series. Would you recommend I read this series?). So really I had no choice but to get stuck in about this book.

The book is told from two points of view, Lyra and Elian and it flicks between their points of view each chapter. Lyra is a siren who steals the hearts of princes and Elian is a Prince who longs for a life sailing the sea. Lyra is known as the Princes’ Bane among the humans, notorious for her desire to only steal the hearts of Princes, ripped straight from their chests. Lyra disobeys her mother’s orders and is punished by being turned into a human, left floating in the ocean. Elian is a siren killer and self-declared Pirate finds her and takes her aboard his ship. He wants nothing more than to put a stop to the notorious Princes’ Bane but takes Lyra aboard his ship, unknowing she is what he hunts in another form. The two embark on a journey to put a stop to the Sea Queen’s rule and recapture a long lost legend.

Something I loved about this book was the initial way that our two main characters both see themselves as bad people. Each of our main characters often takes the time to reflect back on the bad qualities that they both possess. Both of them very openly admit to being murderers, of varying degrees and their actions and views could be considered morally questionable at best. I find a relatable aspect of Lyra’s relationship with her mother (not to say that my mum is an evil sea-queen who steals hearts, but she isn’t entirely a saint either). But then, diamonds are formed under pressure. It just depends on how you chose to embrace. I feel it.

It was pleasant to see that Lyra didn’t give up who she was for a man. That much stays apparent throughout the whole book, although there is a very clear character development. She is by no means of the word good but, forged by something as twisted and cruel as the Sea Queen, it is unsurprising to see the values she holds at the beginning of the book. In a life where cruelty and bitterness are nurtured it is hard for love and compassion to bloom. But even in the darkest of hearts such feelings still bloom. Our anti-heroine doesn’t become soft, but instead alters her moral standing and forges a unity that stands to serve a much bigger picture. It is fair to say that this book is has a rather large undercurrent of romance to it but not in a conventional type of way. It grows but it is a very slow-burn but completely worth the journey. It very much progresses into it from two people not willing to find the time or care enough to try to two people drawn together under a common goal.

In the pits of our souls – if I amuse myself with the notion that I have a soul – Elian and I aren’t so different. Two kingdoms that come with responsibiliites we each have trouble bearing. Him, the shackles of being pinned to one land and one life. Me, trapped in the confines of my mother’s murderous legacy. And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.

Lyra sets out to steal the heart of a prince. In the end, he gives it up freely. I wouldn’t recommend this book if you chose your fantasy based on the romance factor but if you are willing to give it the time to bloom then you won’t be disappointed.

How strange that instead of taking his heart, I’m hoping he takes mine.

It is a dark and vicious story, fantasy with a slow-building romance. It has fairy-tale qualities and some parallels to The Little Mermaid (but it is in no way a retelling). Both of our protagonists are bad-ass and witty with such a dry sense of humour you might be tempted to drink the ocean water. It is a refreshing fantasy, if not a brutal at times.

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So I’m super excited about that.

Until next time, guys!

 

To Kill A Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

ISBN: 978-1-4717-0740-6

30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 9

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Day 9 – Something You Think “What If?” About

This is one I think about quite frequently actually. It doesn’t do good to constantly dwell on a life of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ but sometimes it is interesting to think. A big “what if?” for me revolves around my move from Glasgow to Aberdeen four years ago. I spent most of my life in the central belt of Scotland, I went to school there and its where most of my immediate family all stay. When I finished high school, due to a number of difficulties with life and my family, I made the conscious decision to move away for university. Read More

30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 8

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Nice easy one for today but enjoyable to write nonetheless! Read More

30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 7

Day 7 – Your Opinion On Your Body & How Comfortable You Are With It

I like this one because it is a challenge to write about. I feel like accepting of our bodies is something that a lot of us deal with and I am definitely among those who struggle to love it.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 6

Day 6 – Things you want to say to your ex

I’m not too excited about this one given where I am in life it seems like a rather unnecessary feat but a challenge is a challenge. I suppose anyone who knew a much younger me will know who this is aimed towards, but the effect will be the same for any reader. A lot of issues I now deal with in my adult life stem from the hell I put myself through when I was younger and this is actually something that was suggested to me by my counselor a while ago. I guess now I have the chance to do it. Let’s make it like a letter, because how else would you do this?

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 5

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Day 5 – The Reason You Love Books

I tweaked this one a bit to suit. The prompt was originally “a book you love” and that’s just such a loaded question, being a bibliophile, and I could spend forever trying to pick something just to use for the prompt (which I 100% do not have time for). So this works better for its purposes.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 4

Day 4 – Bullet Your Day

This is a good one for today because I actually had a really nice day. I was worried I wouldn’t have the time to post something today but I’m writing now furiously because I’m 100% ready for bed.

So today:

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 3

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Day 3 – 10 things that make you happy

Today hasn’t been a great day so I’m pleased about this challenge because I need it. I need to think about the little things that make everything worth it.

  1. Beautiful books and bookshelves; nothing is quite so satisfying as some beautiful books well presented on some lovely hardwood bookshelves. It’s one of the best parts of being in a bookshop because even if you’re not in to get something, you can always appreciate being surrounded by such comforts. Barnes & Nobles leather-bound classics will always have a special place in my heart.
  2.  Happy people; not smug people but genuinely happy people. I love seeing people wandering about, getting on with their day but who also take that extra effort to remember to smile and share a nice word with another person. The world needs so much more of that. It’s so refreshing to know that the world isn’t always so dark, that there is good in places if you know where to look.
  3. Neatly coloured in mosaics; it’s such great way to destress yourself. Get some nice fine-tipped pens, some Johanna Basford colouring sheets and a quiet space. My project each year is to colour in the Johanna Basford calendars, which have a colouring sheet for each day of the year. One year I’ll manage to complete a whole set. Read More

30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 2

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Day 2 – Write About Something You Feel Strongly About

Y’know when you put these things so bluntly, they are actually rather hard to think about suitable answers. My brain goes off in such strange direction sometimes that is sometimes hard to keep up with what I’m focused on. But okay, okay, serious stuff;

  1. Clean energy and recycling; it’s the 21st century, why are these such difficult concepts to grasp? Recycling, for me, is a no-brainer. I don’t even have to think about it because it’s a fundamental part of my life now as it should be for us all. We waste a finite resource (the keyword here being ‘finite’) so why don’t we reuse it? I’ve worked in enough places to have an idea of how much paper, packaging and food we have the capacity to waste and it makes me ill. Imagine the impact we could make if we made more of an effort with recycling. An extra few minutes out of our life each day… Imagine what we could do. Clean energy is another. Being in Aberdeen and seeing them build the new offshore wind farm with Vattenfall is so exciting. We have so many amazing opportunities for clean, renewable energy and we are slowly branching into these areas and switching from fossil fuels. Google the Hornsea project. (Amazing) Read More