February, is maybe my least favourite month. The flat has been the coldest space I’ve ever lived in and the most expensive to heat. I’m constantly picking up new blankets/scarves/hats to keep me and T warm. Knitting is definitely going to help with that. Today I have a book haul for you.

I might make this a monthly thing – books I intend to devour through that month and any bookish purchases I’ve made. Let me know if it is of interest. Let’s dig in shall we.

February Book Haul

The Haul

Spectacles by Sue Perkins

Baby I’ve been waiting to read this book for months. I adore Sue Perkins. She’s a brilliant lady with a sense of humour that sits very close to my own. At the moment I’m a little obsessed with documentaries, especially memoir style documentaries. If you sign into my Netflix it is full of sports documentaries that I’ve been binge watching. But bookwise – it’s going to be fekking cool feminists. Like Perkins. I’ll let you know how it goes.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

“A beautiful, funny and heart-wrenching story of love, brokeness and the purest form of bravery: giving in and asking for help.”

^ This.

I think books that deal with real issues will be the foundation of my reading during 2017.  I’ve felt drawn to autobiographical novels but books with real issues is where I want to expand my reading during 2K17. Toten’s books tend to revolve around a real-life problem. Something that can teach something to all of us and I’m looking forward to learning more. The sometimes crippling insecurities of OCD could be a good place to start.

February Book Haul

1000 Life Hacks by Dan Grabham

“Clever Ways to make your life easier at home, work and play.”

There is definitely a theme here. Life hacks have taken over the Internet this year and now I have a handy book full of exactly a 1000 of them. There are hacks for fashion, food, fitness DIY and home cleaning hacks. Some you’ll know – like frozen grapes cool but don’t water down wine. Everyone know’s that one. But, the cleaning hacks are brill. Who knew you could do so much with bi-carb. I’m probably going to read this cover to cover – so I’ll link ya.

The Girl with the lower back tattoo by Amy Schumer

2016 was a tough year. I think we could all agree with that. Trump, brexit, Sainsbury’s discontinuing their chicken and sweetcorn soup. It’s been a toughie. I was going to buy Lena Dunham’s biography but – we all know the story there. Instead I thought I would explore the life of Amy Schumer who to this point I’ve found pretty goddamn funny. Wanted to start 2017 off with a giggle.

Seraphina and the Black Cloak

Interesting one this one. I went for an interview with the publishers of this said book. It was an incredible experience and although I guttingly didn’t get the job I did get a book to read on the way home. I’ve yet to pick it up but this month it’s on my radar to get finished.

February Book Haul

February is shaping up to be a good reading month. What’s on your list?

Helllo readers, some of you will have seen that I reviewed this wonderful book on Christmas Eve and as of yesterday Dwelling is available as a FREE download on Amazon Kindle. So let me leave a couple of words from the wonderful author.

“This will be the first promotional for either of the books in the Subdue Series and I couldn’t be more excited.”

But the promotion is free, why get excited about giving away your book?” And to this, I’d say, “Above all else, I want nothing more than to have people read, and if their reading my books, well…than that will be my bonus. I would rather people read my book for free than not to have Dwelling read at all.”

If you like horror tales, super-natural, or just a really well written book this is definitely one to get your hands on. As a book blogger I get the chance to read so many brilliant books and to be able to download this one for free is an opportunity not to miss. I mean I said this about the book –

“Every single paragraph, every sentence has been written with thought. You can tell that it’s all been utterly thought through and created to create this atmosphere that’s slightly uneasy and tense. I don’t know many authors that can do this. (Lizzy stop gushing) but honestly – bloody spot on.”

If you want to read more of my review you can here but what you should really do is download a copy – available here! Then you can thank me later (wink face.)

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1. What was the last book you read?

The Hollow by Arielle Leclair, see my review from yesterday!

2. Was it a good one?

Yes, although a fantasy it was an exciting read with some good plot-twists and strong characters.

3. What made it good?

Well done Lizzo answered that in the last question – good tale, good characters, good writing style.

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

Yes, especially if you like fantasy books!

5. How often do you read?

If I’m not in a reading slump then most days – especially if I’m on a train/bus/in the bath.

6. Do you like to read?

Quite obviously.

7.What was the last bad book you read?

Bad book? Maybe Transmission by Hari Kunzru. Overall the book was really brilliant but the ending just didn’t work for me.

8. What made you dislike it?

Once again not reading the questions beforehand – the ending just lacked clarity and strength. It made me feel a little grumpy when I made it to the end.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

Yes and no. I think I would love to be a writer but then I’ve tried a number of times and I’m 99.7% sure I’m not that great at it.

10. Has any book every influenced you greatly?

Lots of books have definitely influenced me – I couldn’t name them all here, but yes is the answer.

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11. Do you read fan fiction?

I don’t no – I’m not saying I never will but it’s yet to appeal really.

12. Do you write fan fiction?

Nopppppe.

13. What’s your favorite book?

I can never answer this question because I haven’t read all the books yet! There a few that are close to my heart including The Book Thief, The Harry Potter series, 1Q84, The Chocolate Run, and Remember to Breathe by Simon Pont.

14. What’s your least favorite book?

I think Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – just didn’t click with me!

15. Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?

I do love my Kindle but physical books are much better for me.

16. When did you learn to read?

I think maybe 4/5. I just kind of started reading, I didn’t really learn letters or sounds I just kind of started talking and then reading.

17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?

I hated the book at the time but The Great Gatsby is now one of my favourite books. I unfortunately never got the chance to read Of Mice and Men during education, but I finally got round to it this year and really enjoyed reading it.

18. What is your favorite book series?

I think maybe Harry Potter – I don’t read a lot of book series because a lot of them fall into the fantasy genre which I struggle with but HP was wonderful and still is.

19. Who is your favorite author?

Nope. Just nope.

20. What is your favorite genre?

It always used to be historical fiction but this year I have read a lot more YA and crime/thrillers so I’ll go with a mash up of all three. (Although cannot lie I do love a trashy romance every once in a while!)

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21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?

I really really like Aoname from 1Q84 – she’s potentially the complete opposite of me but there’s something about her quiet, still nature that I really love reading about. Other than that maybe just pipping her to the post is Lisbeth Salander (might be the name of my first child – might.)

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

Yes, that’s what books are supposed to do I think anyway.

23.Which book do you wish had a sequel?

Remember to Breath by Simon Pont – it was a book that got me through I really difficult time in my life and I’d love to get that feeling again. It really is a brilliant book and the perfect sarcastic witty mix. Perfect reading.

24. Which book do you wish DIDNT have a sequel?

I honestly can’t think of one but then again I don’t read a lot of series of books.

25. How long does it take you to read a book?

Depends how busy I am and how much I’m enjoying the book. I also have a terrible habit of starting a book, and then starting another. I’ll finish book two and start another, (book three) and I’ll completely forget about the first book. This is namely why after six or so months I still haven’t finished 1Q84.

26. Do you like when books become movies?

It really depends on the book I think – there are some that I have really loved and some that haven’t really worked. I love the Harry Potter films and although they do miss bits out of the books I think they’re pretty spot on. I still refuse to see The Book Thief – I’m terrified it will spoil the book for me.

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

I think perhaps One Day – I think I read the book before the film just so I could see the film (sometimes I can be a bit of a book snob!) The film was just okay – the book however was utterly fantastic.

28. Which movie has done a book justice?

I’m going to say PS I love you. I really really adore the book and I nearly prefer the film. It is such a brilliant adaptation and so wonderfully done. I’m a big fan and I still can’t make it through without crying!

29. Do you read newspapers?

Every so often – I do read the Guardian online if that counts.

30: Do you read magazines?

Not anymore – I used to regularly read Look but it’s been a while since I picked up a copy!

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31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

It depends what I’m reading them for. If it’s for political articles or the like I’m unlikely to pick up Cosmopolitan or if I’m looking for a way to treat dry hair The Times isn’t really going to help me!

32. Do you read while in bed?

Yes. All. The. Time.

33. Do you read while on the toilet?

I don’t actually – my Dad though, he’s a sod for it and if you need to get in there for any reason don’t hold your hopes up it could be while. (Probably TMI soz.)

34. Do you read while in the car?

Yes, although I have to be careful because I suffer with car sickness which really isn’t pretty.

35. Do you read while in the bath?

Yes, although not very often. I’m not a big ‘bath person,’ and although this may sound a little odd often get in after Mumma B or Char has had a bath because I don’t like it too hot and I don’t stay in the bath for very long so yes, but not for lots of reading – and I do often drop the books in or get my wet fingers all over the pages. (Sad face.)

36. Are you a fast reader?

Yes.

37. Are you a slow reader?

Erm no. ^

38. Where is your favorite place to read?

Oddly it’s on trains. I know this obviously doesn’t happen too often but I do like reading on trains the best. There’s something really relaxing about it for me and I find myself getting more in tune with my reading.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

Sometimes – recently I’ve had a couple of month long reading slumps which has been really horrible and it’s been impossible but if my phone is on airplane mode and I’m comfy in bed or in the bath and there’s no music on I’m normally pretty fine.

40.Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

Yes, I never used to, but now music does really distract me.

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41. Who gave you your love for reading?

Even from a very young age I was taken to the library, read to and I loved to tell stories. When I was at nursery I had to be bribed to go outside – I would much rather have stayed in reading.

42. What book is next on your list to read?

The Silk Worm by Robert Galbraith.

43. When did you start to read chapter books?

I think maybe the age of 7. I found reading came to me very easily and was allowed to read longer books from quite a young age.

44. Who is your favorite children’s book author?

Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Wilson.

45. Which author would you most want to interview?

J.K Rowling – I have so many questions! That or Ian Probert that would be pretty cool.

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

Rainbow Rowell I think or John Green!

47.What book have you reread the most?

The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson.

48. Which books do you consider “classics”?

I guess books in the literary cannon although I think it’s good to add more contemporary books too.

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

Books that get people READING. A mixture of contemporary and classics and books that young people will enjoy. I hated Gatsby and Enduring Love as a student and yet now, as an older reader they resonate with me – I think it needs to be more balanced.

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?

I don’t think books should be banned from schools unless they are really inappropriate. Books tell a story about the world and they help to open people’s eyes to the world. Books are wonderful things and they should be enjoyed by all.

There you go, fifty questions and a seriously long post! I’m going to leave this open to anyone who wants to complete because it is so goddamn long. Tag me if you decide to complete this monstrous tag or tweet me @littlebookblog1!

 

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Helllllllo readers, bit of an exciting post today! After mentioning this award to a couple of friends in the past few months I was gently encouraged to apply and I’ve been shortlisted for the public vote *eeeee* (although I think it might be better if it was called longlisted there are a hell of a lot of incredible blogs listed!)

I’ve been shortlisted for public vote in both the Art’s and Culture and the ODEON Cinemas Best Storyteller and it would mean so much if any of you truly wonderful people that follow my little bookish blog were to vote for me. There are so many fantastic blogs out there but I would definitely do a flailing arm dance if anyone were to vote for meeee (which you can do here!)

Just a tiny little post to say this is happening – now I’ll go back to my books.

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Helllllllo readers – it’s Friday which mean it’s nearly the weekend and that makes me toooo excited because I finally get to have a lie in and not wake up at 7am. I always mean to go to bed at a reasonable time but at the ripe old age of 22 I still can’t quite manage my own bedtime. It seems a little appropriate that I’m going to answer The Bedtime Book Tag which I found on Tash’s blog The Bookie Monsters. Such a brilliant blog that you really should follow – yes you should.  Without further Lizzy warbling onto le tag.

1. What book kept you up all night reading?

Just couldn’t put this down if I’m honest with you – this was exceptionally good writing and the author gave me one of the most wonderful comments that when reading the review she had forgotten she had written the book and wanted to get hold of a copy which was just so lovely to hear. This book really was just that good – see for yourself here.

2. What book made you scared to go to sleep?

I didn’t sleep easily for weeks after reading this book – it honestly terrified me so much I have not read anything from this author since because I just couldn’t cope. I’ve bought this book to remind me how incredibly terrifying the human word can be but I’m yet to read it all the way through again.

3. What book almost put you to sleep?

At times I found this a really tedious y read; I just couldn’t get into it and despite many a try this is a DNF that I don’t think I will be trying again anytime soon.

4. What book has you tossing and turning in anticipation of its release?

*CHEAT BOOK.* I know this is out and has been since August but I haven’t got hold of it yet and I am tooooooo excited to. If only I wasn’t cutting down on spending this month – maybe someone lovely will buy it for me. *cough cough hint hint wink wink.*

5. What book has your dream boyfriend/girlfriend?

I couldn’t just pick one but Nick from On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah is pretty goddamn delicious. Both utterly sweet and a hot mess he is just perfection. *drools*

6. What book world would be your worst nightmare to live in?

I can’t decice whether this would really cool and exciting or utterly terrifying. I’m a real wimp so if everyone suddenly left to escape the glade I would really have no idea what to do. The unknown utterly freaks me out and I am terrified of the dark so would be terrible for me.

7. What book has a nightmarish cliffhanger?

Not quite a cliffhanger but it was left so creepily ambiguous that I was seriously freaked out by this. Pretty incredible ending but also horrible all the same.

8. What book cover reminds you of night time?

I guess this is just because it’s a dark cover but I always think this cover is just a little dark and scary and that reminds me of nighttime. Scarrry.

9. What book have you actually dreamed about?

 

Yes it was terrifying, yes I met Katniss, yes it was awesome.

10. What book monster would you not want to find under your bed?

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Hellllllla no. Aragog can stay away from my bed.

So there we go – the Bedtime book tag. I’m not nominating this time because I’m not sure who has/hasn’t done it but if you would like to please link back in the comments so I can read your answers. have a lovely friday bookish bookworms.