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Summer Blog Challenge – Day 6

Day 6 – Favourite contemporary read

There were a few titles that came to mind for this prompt but they were mostly overhyped for their time (and really, we’re they my favourite?). Titles like The Fault in our Stars, Looking for Alaska (I’m just listing John Green novels now), The Handmaiden tale and Perks of being a Wallflower. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed all of these titles and most in the contemporary section. But they weren’t my favourite.

My favourite contemporary read(s) would be Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins.

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The Eternity Cure (The Blood of Eden, #2)

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So I finished The Immortal Rules in about 24 hours (which is pretty impressive for me considering I was also working 8 of those hours) and had to find out how the story continues. Honestly, my head is still reeling with how much I am enjoying this series. To think I stumbled across the series accidentally on a Facebook YA fan page!

To recap, The Immortal Rules ended with Allison leaving Zeke and his family at Eden, the last safe haven for humans, without saying goodbye to go an search for Kanin, her sire, who was kidnapped by Sarin. Zeke, the descendant of Malakai Crosse who was one of the original scientists working on the cure for Red Lung, was tasked to bring the original research for the cure to Eden which they succeed in bringing to Eden. Kanin has been taken by Sarren, a psychotic vampire used in the vampire experiments in an attempt to develop a cure, and has been torturing Kanin along their journey together.

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Bookshelf Tour

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So life has been all over the place with work and getting our flat ready for the arrival of our little baby in May (it’s so close, just 8 weeks now). We are currently staying in a one bedroom flat at the moment which meant that we had a lot of space to make for baby things. I have three bookcases at the moment and part of the compromise was that I had to reduce the amount of space that I was taking up with books (I love my books more than most things, but the baby is obviously more important!) So this meant that I had to condense down my bookcases and put some books away in the cupboard for now.

I thought that I would do a post on my bookcases before this happened because they won’t be looking too great by the end of this!

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August Book Haul – Welcome to the Grishaverse

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So you might be aware that I recently changed job from the fast paced and should destroying world of the catering industry for a more chilled desk job in a dentist. It’s a pretty good life but we aren’t going to go into that. There is a point behind me mentioning this actually. The way my previous jobs bonus scheme worked was as a point system, your store was awarded points based on performance and you could then go on to spend the points on cool stuff. I was saving my points and when it came to me leaving the company I decided I should use my points instead of losing them.

Naturally, I loaded them all into a National Book Token card to spend in a bookshop.

It did not disappoint.

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When the TBR pile is getting out of hand

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Just a short one for you all tonight. So I’ve been trying to organise our flat because the place is getting a little out of hand with our junk (mostly mine) and I thought that I would take the opportunity to start organising my bookshelves. Basically, the books are taking over the living room and while I don’t mind that at all, my fiance does. Anyway, while doing this I realised just how massive my TBR pile actually is. I’ve a terrible habit of buying more books when there is still a pile as tall as me, and so I decided it’s time to do something about that. I decided to make a TBR jar.

I bought these Lego storage heads a few years back, a pumpkin one and a skeleton one (they’re cute as hell), but I never really found a suitable use for them until now. I made a note of ALL of the books currently in my possession (even┬áthe ones I’ve read because I’m in a reading slump I need to break out of) and wrote down all the titles on strips of different coloured paper, founded them up neatly and put them into┬ámy pumpkin Lego head. The operation took the better part of my evening, cutting and folding, but I’m very pleased with the outcome. The idea of the project is that I no longer have to spend so long picking a book to read, I just need to pick at random and the jar does all the decision making for me. It’ll be great because it will help me to tear through my TBR pile while also pushing me to read new books rather than the same titles over and over again. I’m very excited to get stuck in. I’ll keep you posted.

The first pick from my jar was The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale so that’s up next. Have any of you read it before? It’s a beautiful book. A post on the book to follow.

Until next time,

Louise

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Angelfall – Penryn and the End of Days

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So I decided to re-read some of my old favourites, sifting through my bookshelves. I wasn’t going to write about this but the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy by Susan EE is so underrated and never seems to get the recognition that it deserves. The first book was released back in 2011 and from there I followed the release of the books, addicted in the same way I now am with Maas books. This is the first post of three and we’re starting with book 1, Angelfall.

The book starts with a family together, fighting off starvation in a world reduced to rubble by invading angels. The angel’s arrival on earth ripped the world apart and initially, there seems to be no motive behind the invasion other than to torment and kill humans. Penryn, her sister, and her unhinged mother have survived the initial few months and managed to stay together unlike many others. However, things very quickly take a turn for the worst when the family finds themselves in the middle of an execution of an archangel. A group of angels brutalise an injured angel before severing the angels’ wings and continuing to fight with the wounded angel. Continue reading “Angelfall – Penryn and the End of Days”

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Audible – It’s growing on me

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My love for Audible library seems to grow exponentially with each passing month and each new credit. I don’t tend to find myself with much free time these days for reading, but the opportunity often arises where I can pull on a pair of headphones and stick on an audiobook while I’m doing something constructive.

Audible (and most audiobook providers) fit with my type of lifestyle, and while they will never replace the satisfaction of a good old paperback, they offer the chance to escape to the worlds and adventures and characters we’ve grown to love so much. Life is getting rather noisy so finding an hour or so here and there to escape makes all the difference to my sanity and mental well-being. Continue reading “Audible – It’s growing on me”