Hello, bloglings, it has been rather a long time since my last recap and, I admit, I have been a terribly absent blogger. I have had good reasons though, so I can't bring myself to feel bad about it. The only good thing about being absent from the blog is that I have had plenty of time to read - which was much needed!!! So keep an eye out for reviews, I have a lot coming up. I also have a lot of discussions planned as well, I just need to find the time to get them all written up.
I was absent for a long while because my aunt passed away very suddenly, so I just didn't have the time, energy or desire to blog. It has been a few weeks now, and the funeral has come and gone, and I feel in a much better place to get back to blogging. I have also acquired a new hamster - although I swore I wouldn't be getting another one! I am a weak human though, and one hamster gif shared on Twitter later and now I have a new hamster. It's okay though, he's adorable and I have named him Hamilton, after my love for the musical. Pictures to come, as soon as I can get him to be still for long enough!
In my time away I have started the Mortal Instruments series again and.... EH!!! I am two books in and still not impressed by the series. I don't like Jace or Clary, and these two books have been a little boring and book one was horribly written. I am still hoping the series gets better as it goes along. I feel that my strong dislike for Clare and all she stands for doesn't help though. I have zero respect and little time for an author who was proven to have plagiarised and yet never apologised for it - feel free to google, she also cyberbullied and did some stalking too (A quick FYI to all authors - if someone doesn't like your work, that doesn't give you the right to find out where they live or their phone number and then proceed to harass them. M'kay, thanks, bye). Does this series get better as it goes along? Is it worth investing time in? Will Clary and Jace ever stop being super annoying. I'm all for the Izzy, Magnus and Alec!
Saga: Volume One by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples: I have already read this one and I LOVED it. I am now addicted and know that I will proceed to by the four other volumes that are out! I purchased it yesterday whilst in Forbidden Planet in London, already kicking myself for not buying more volumes. ★★★★★
Way Down Dark & Long Dark Dusk by JP Smythe: I was sent these two for review, but I am yet to start this series. It does sound interesting though, so I am curious to get to it.
Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain: Years ago, when I became obsessed with Jodi Picoult, I started reading Diane Chamberlain as her books were supposed to be similar. I really enjoyed her books, but am now behind on her releases. I have about five of them to get too, which hopefully I can do soon. I still buy every book as it's released, with the hopes I can get to them soon.
Love Song by Sophia Bennett: This was a book I was sent for review, that I assumed I really wouldn't like. It was the story of a girl, who goes to work for a rock band. She was clearly going to fall in love, it was going to be super cheesy. But it wasn't. Yes, it was a little predictable at times, but I still really enjoyed it. I liked Bennett's writing style and I just found this really fun to read. I'd read her other books now after reading this. ★★★★
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight: This is another review copy and I am super excited to get to this one. It sounds like a more intense read, and I am desperate for more of those.
Burning by Danielle Rollins: This is another review copy, thanks to the lovely people at Bloomsbury. It was pitched as Orange is the New Black meets Stephen King, and that sounded rather awesome to me. I have read it and I did enjoy it, but it wasn't as dark or creepy as I'd been expecting. ★★★
Did I Mention I Love You by Estelle Maskame: This is one of the reasons why you shouldn't drunkenly purchase books. I bought this yesterday, while out celebrating a friends birthday. I only bought it because of a great review I saw for it. But the ugly cover hurts my eyes!
Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck: I've heard some really great things about this fantasy series, so I decided to purchase book one yesterday. Hopefully I enjoy it, as that will give me another series to binge read!
Half Lost by Sally Green: I already read this a few months ago, but I needed a beautiful finished copy for my shelves. It has been months and I am still not over that ending! ★★★★★
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson: A review copy that I had to DNF at about 300 pages. This book is 500 pages long, for a fluffy contemporary. I have really enjoyed her other books, but this one was boring me to tears and I had to quit it. DNF ★★
How has your week been? Have you read anything amazing or just been horribly disappointed?